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Case Name Stewart v. Sebelius FA-DC-0011
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-01879-RCL ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On November 4, 2013, the managing member of a private company filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the federal government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act ( ... read more >
On November 4, 2013, the managing member of a private company filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the federal government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to issue a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage to employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that providing, paying for, or facilitating access to such services was inconsistent with its religious beliefs and contended that compliance with the contraception requirement is a substantial burden on their religious exercise.

On February 28, 2014, plaintiffs filed an unopposed motion for preliminary injunction and stay of proceedings pending the Supreme Court's ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

As of March 12, 2014, the case is ongoing.

Richard Jolly - 05/05/2014


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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 Treasury
Plaintiff Description Managing member of a privately-held company
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2013 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:13-cv-01879-RCL (D.D.C.) 12/17/2013
FA-DC-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/27/2013
FA-DC-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Stay of Proceedings 02/28/2014
FA-DC-0011-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lamberth, Royce C. (FISC, D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0011-0002 | FA-DC-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beauman, Bryan H. (Kentucky)
FA-DC-0011-0001 | FA-DC-0011-0002 | FA-DC-0011-9000
Elliott, Clinton J. (Kentucky)
FA-DC-0011-0001 | FA-DC-0011-0002
Garza, John R. (Maryland)
FA-DC-0011-0001 | FA-DC-0011-0002 | FA-DC-0011-9000
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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