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Case Name Fellowship of Catholic University Students v. Sebelius FA-CO-0008
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-03263 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On December 3, 2013, a non-profit organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 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 plaintiff, ... read more >
On December 3, 2013, a non-profit organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 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 plaintiff, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, 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 plaintiff asked for both a preliminary and permanent injunction keeping the government from enforcing the contraception insurance mandate against the organization.

On January 15, 2014, the plaintiff filed a motion for partial summary judgment. On February 17, 2014, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss, or, in the alternative, for summary judgment 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 March 11, 2014, the plaintiff filed a motion for preliminary injunction. As of March 15, 2014, the case is ongoing.

Mallory Jones - 03/15/2014


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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
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 Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 551 et seq.
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 organization that believes the ACA's contraception insurance mandate, including the accommodation for religious organizations, violates the members' religious beliefs.
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
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)
1:13-cv-03263 (D. Colo.) 02/20/2014
FA-CO-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint and Jury Demand 12/03/2013 (2013 WL 6240523)
FA-CO-0008-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Verified Complaint and Jury Demand 12/16/2013 (2013 WL 6919433)
FA-CO-0008-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 01/15/2014 (2014 WL 235009)
FA-CO-0008-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 02/13/2014
FA-CO-0008-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment 02/17/2014
FA-CO-0008-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction 03/11/2014
FA-CO-0008-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Brief in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction 03/11/2014
FA-CO-0008-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Krieger, Marcia S. (D. Colo.)
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Tafoya, Kathleen M. (D. Colo.) [Magistrate]
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aden, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
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Baylor, Gregory S. (District of Columbia)
FA-CO-0008-0001 | FA-CO-0008-0002 | FA-CO-0008-0003
Bowman, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)
FA-CO-0008-0001 | FA-CO-0008-0002 | FA-CO-0008-0003
Cortman, David A. (Georgia)
FA-CO-0008-0001 | FA-CO-0008-0002 | FA-CO-0008-0003
Norton, Michael Jeffrey (Colorado)
FA-CO-0008-0001 | FA-CO-0008-0002 | FA-CO-0008-0003 | FA-CO-0008-0006 | FA-CO-0008-0007 | FA-CO-0008-9000
Theriot, Kevin H. (Kansas)
FA-CO-0008-0001 | FA-CO-0008-0002 | FA-CO-0008-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-CO-0008-0004 | FA-CO-0008-0005 | FA-CO-0008-9000
Other Lawyers Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)
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