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Case Name Media Research Center v. Sebelius FA-VA-0002
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-00379-GBL-IDD ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On April 11, 2011, Media Research Center filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for a declaration that it ... read more >
On April 11, 2011, Media Research Center filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for a declaration that it qualified as an eligible organization under the religious organization exception to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate. The Plaintiff also asked for a declaration that the contraception mandate violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and for an injunction preventing HHS from enforcing the contraception mandate against it.

On August 1, 2014, the Court (Judge Gerald Lee) denied Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction and dismissed Plaintiff's claim of entitlement to a declaration that it qualified as an eligible organization for lack of standing. Specifically, the Court held that Plaintiff was not likely to succeed in proving that the contraception mandate violated the Establishment Clause, and that Plaintiff did not allege facts sufficient to prove that it was imminently likely that the government was going to enforce penalties for violation of the contraception mandate against Plaintiff.

On October 14, 2014, the Court (Judge Gerald Lee) accepted Plaintiff's stipulation of dismissal of the remainder of the suit without prejudice.

Edward Mroczkowski - 02/02/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Establishment Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief denied
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Abortion
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit religious organization
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Department of Health and Human Services
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff is a nonprofit organization with the stated mission of exposing liberal bias in the media and popular culture.
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
1:14-cv-00379-GBL-IDD (E.D. Va.) 10/14/2014
FA-VA-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/11/2014
FA-VA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Memorandum Opinion and Order [Denying Preliminary Injunction] 08/01/2014 (E.D. Va.)
FA-VA-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lee, Gerald Bruce (E.D. Va.)
FA-VA-0002-0002 | FA-VA-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Haynes, C. Matthew (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-0001 | FA-VA-0002-9000
Holm, William Michael (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-0001 | FA-VA-0002-9000
Mills, Laurin Howard (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-0001 | FA-VA-0002-9000
Rainsbury, Joseph M. (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-0001 | FA-VA-0002-9000
Sorrell, Paris Ratliff (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-0001 | FA-VA-0002-9000
Warrington, David Alan (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-0001 | FA-VA-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Konkoly, Antonia (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-9000
Moskowitz, David (Virginia)
FA-VA-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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