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Case Name Stinson Electric, Inc. v. Sebelius FA-MN-0008
Docket / Court 0:14-cv-00830-PJS-HB ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On March 26, 2014, plaintiffs, a family that wholly owned a company and their company, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the Federal Government. Plaintiffs, ... read more >
On March 26, 2014, plaintiffs, a family that wholly owned a company and their company, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the Federal Government. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged that the provision of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") that mandated group health plans include coverage for "all [FDA] approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity," posed a substantial burden on their religious exercise. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

On February 30, 2014, District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz granted plaintiffs a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraception mandate until thirty days after the Supreme Court issued its decision in Kathleen Sebelius, et al., v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al., No. 13-354.

Although the Supreme Court decided Hobby Lobby on June 30, 2014, as of November 11, 2014, there is has been no further activity in this case.

Richard Jolly - 11/05/2014


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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
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Abortion
Contraception
Plaintiff Type
Closely-held (for profit) corporation
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Internal Revenue Service
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description A family that wholly owned a company and their 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 No
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
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)
0:14-cv-00830 (D. Minn.) 08/06/2014
FA-MN-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [Jury Trial Demanded] 03/26/2014
FA-MN-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Preliminary Injunction 04/30/2014 (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Schiltz, Patrick Joseph (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0008-0002 | FA-MN-0008-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dickey, James (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-0001 | FA-MN-0008-9000
Fahnlander, Vincent J. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-9000
Kaardal, Erick G. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bildtsen, Ann M (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-9000
Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0008-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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