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Case Name Hall v. Sebelius FA-MN-0006
Docket / Court 0:13-cv-00295-JRT-LIB ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On February 5, 2013, the Catholic owner of a corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota under the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("ACA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. Departments of Health and Human ... read more >
On February 5, 2013, the Catholic owner of a corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota under the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("ACA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging the federal rules adopted pursuant to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") violated their religious freedom by requiring the organization to provide employee insurance coverage for contraception through its group health insurance plan. Claiming that providing coverage for contraception would contravene both their Christian faith and compel speech and association contrary to their beliefs, the plaintiffs sought an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate for themselves and other institutions with similar religious objections.

On March 22, 2013, plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction and stay of proceedings. On March 25, 2013, defendants gave notice of non-opposition to plaintiffs' motion.

On April 2, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim granted the preliminary injunction and stay of proceedings until after the Eighth Circuit issues a decision in either O'Brien v. HHS or Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius . Oral argument in Annex Medical and O'Brien took place on October 24, 2013. As of February 9, 2014, neither has been decided and this case is ongoing.

Emma Lawton - 11/17/2013
Mallory Jones - 02/09/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description The Catholic owner of a corporation and the corporation itself seek exemption from the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
13-cv-00295-JRT-LIB (D. Minn.) 04/02/2013
FA-MN-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 02/05/2013
FA-MN-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Preliminary Injunction 04/02/2013 (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brisbois, Leo I. (D. Minn.) [Magistrate]
FA-MN-0006-9000
Tunheim, John R. (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006-0002 | FA-MN-0006-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kaardal, Erick G. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0006-0001 | FA-MN-0006-9000
Mathews, Thomas E (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0006-0001 | FA-MN-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bildtsen, Ann M (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0006-9000
Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0006-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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