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Case Name Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Burwell FA-MO-0012
Docket / Court 4:13-cv-02300 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On November 14, 2013, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its affiliated non-profit charities revived their dismissed claim (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Sebelius), in the United States District Court of the Eastern District ... read more >
On November 14, 2013, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its affiliated non-profit charities revived their dismissed claim (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Sebelius), in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and the First Amendment. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Plaintiffs contended that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Specifically, the Archdiocese challenged the religious employer exemption and the accommodations put forth in the Final Rule as amended on June 28, 2013, arguing that they continued to burden their free exercise. They argued that the accommodations require non-exempt plaintiffs to provide self-certification to their insurance provider setting forth their religious objections, which in turn triggers an obligation on the part of the insurance provider to procure the services plaintiffs find objectionable. Plaintiffs argued that they are, thus, the but-for cause of providing contraception coverage. Plaintiffs asked the court to grant a permanent injunction against enforcement of the relevant provisions of the ACA.

On May 8, 2014, the Archdiocese filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction seeking to prevent the government from enforcing the contraception mandate against them. On June 30, 2014, Judge John Ross granted the preliminary injunction.

On August 28, 2014, the government filed its Notice of Appeal of the order granting the preliminary injunction. As of February 2, 2015, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to issue a decision on this matter.

Richard Jolly - 04/28/2014
Jamie Haberichter - 09/21/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
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 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 and Human Services,
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis and affiliated non-profit Catholic organizations challenging the mandatory contraception provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Litigation
None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2014 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing FA-MO-0001 : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Sebelius (E.D. Mo.)
Docket(s)
4:13-cv-2300 (E.D. Mo.) 10/08/2014
FA-MO-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Demand 11/14/2013
FA-MO-0012-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [granting Preliminary Injunction] 06/30/2014 (2014 WL 2945859) (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0012-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ross, John Andrew (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0012-0002 | FA-MO-0012-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hogan, Carol A. (Illinois)
FA-MO-0012-0001 | FA-MO-0012-9000
Murashko, Dennis (Illinois)
FA-MO-0012-0001 | FA-MO-0012-9000
Murray, Brian Joseph (Illinois)
FA-MO-0012-0001 | FA-MO-0012-9000
Reidy, Daniel E. (Illinois)
FA-MO-0012-0001 | FA-MO-0012-9000
Rotatori, Mark P. (Illinois)
FA-MO-0012-0001 | FA-MO-0012-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0012-9000
Other Lawyers Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)
FA-MO-0012-9000
Lee, Jennifer (New York)
FA-MO-0012-9000
Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)
FA-MO-0012-9000
Rothert, Anthony E. (Missouri)
FA-MO-0012-9000

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