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Case Name CNS International Ministries, Inc. v. Sebelius FA-MO-0011
Docket / Court 2:12-cv-00081-RWS ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On November 20, 2012, the CNS International Ministries filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri 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 20, 2012, the CNS International Ministries filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri 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 declare as unconstitutional and permanently enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage to employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Specifically, CNS International Ministries contended that compliance with the contraception coverage requirement violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On November 27, 2012, the CNS International Ministries voluntarily dismissed all claims without prejudice. On November 28, 2012, the court (Judge Rodney W. Sippel) ordered the dismissal.

On June 14, 2013, CNS International Ministries were added as plaintiffs in Sharpe Holding, Inc. v. Sebeliusk (2:12-cv-00092-DDN).

Richard Jolly - 03/05/2014


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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
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
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)
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) United States Department of Health Services
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description CNS International Ministries, Inc. is a Missouri non-profit corporation
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2012 - 2012
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FA-MO-0003 : Sharpe Holdings, Inc. v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Servs. (E.D. Mo.)
Docket(s)
2:12-cv-00081-RWS (E.D. Mo.) 11/28/2012
FA-MO-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/20/2012
FA-MO-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice 11/27/2012
FA-MO-0011-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal Pursuant to Notice of Dismissal 11/28/2012 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0011-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Sippel, Rodney W. (W.D. Mo., E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Belz, Timothy (Missouri)
FA-MO-0011-0001 | FA-MO-0011-0002 | FA-MO-0011-0003 | FA-MO-0011-9000
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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