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Case Name Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont v. Sebelius FA-TX-0007
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-00709-RC ( E.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On December 10, 2013, a non-profit religious organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ... read more >
On December 10, 2013, a non-profit religious organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiffs asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate, even with the accommodation for non-profit religious organizations, is unconstitutional. Specifically, the plaintiffs asked for both a preliminary and permanent injunction keeping the government from enforcing the contraception insurance mandate against them because it violates the organizations' deeply-help, Catholic religious beliefs.

On December 10, 2013, the plaintiff filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the defendant and preliminary injunction. The defendants opposed this motion on the grounds that the accommodation to the ACA mandate does not substantially burden the plaintiffs' religious freedom under RFRA or cause the plaintiffs irreparable harm.

On December 23, 2013, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss, or, alternatively for summary judgment.

On January 2, 2014 U.S. District Court (Judge Ron Clark) granted the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction because he found that the accommodation, which requires the head of a religious organization to sign a form that authorizes a third-party to provide contraception insurance coverage to the organization's employees, imposes a substantial burden on the free exercise of religion.

As of April 7, 2014, the case is ongoing.

Mallory Jones - 04/07/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
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
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government non-profit
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description A non-profit, religious organization that believes the ACA's contraception mandate accommodation violates their religious freedom
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:13−cv−00709 (E.D. Tex.) 05/12/2014
FA-TX-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Original Complaint 12/10/2013
FA-TX-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction and Brief in Support of 12/10/2013
FA-TX-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment, And in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 12/23/2013
FA-TX-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 12/23/2013
FA-TX-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Statement of Material Facts 12/29/2013
FA-TX-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 12/31/2013 (E.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0007-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order 01/02/2014 (10 F.Supp.3d 725) (E.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0007-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment and Order of Injunction 01/03/2014 (E.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0007-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Clark, Ron (E.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0007-0006 | FA-TX-0007-0007 | FA-TX-0007-0008 | FA-TX-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cashiola, Randal G. (Texas)
FA-TX-0007-0001 | FA-TX-0007-0005 | FA-TX-0007-9000
Fernandez, Carolyn (Texas)
FA-TX-0007-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-TX-0007-0003 | FA-TX-0007-0004 | FA-TX-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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