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Case Name Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Sebelius FA-MO-0001
Docket / Court 4:12-cv-00924 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On May 21, 2012, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and an affiliated charity filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit in 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 ... read more >
On May 21, 2012, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and an affiliated charity filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit in 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.

On January 29, 2013, Judge John A. Ross granted the defendants' motion to dismiss the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Court noted that because the contraception mandate was in the process of being amended, as noted by the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM), in its present form mandate represent only a tentative agency position and are therefore not ripe for review. The Archdiocese similarly lacked standing for not alleging any imminent injury. Plaintiffs' case was dismissed without prejudice.

Wyatt Fore - 03/29/2013
Richard Jolly - 04/28/2014


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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
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief denied
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
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 Treasury
Plaintiff Description Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis and affiliated non-profit Catholic organizations challenging the mandatory contraception provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2012
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FA-MO-0012 : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Burwell (E.D. Mo.)
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Docket(s)
4:12-cv-00924-JAR (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
4:12-cv-00924-JAR (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0001-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/29/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
FA-MO-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/21/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amici Curiae Brief in Support of Plaintiffs [ECF# 25]
FA-MO-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/21/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [dismissing the case] [ECF# 42] (920 F.Supp.2d 1018) (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/29/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal [ECF# 43] (920 F.Supp.2d 1018) (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/29/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Ross, John Andrew (E.D. Mo.) show/hide docs
FA-MO-0001-0003 | FA-MO-0001-0004
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hogan, Carol A. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Linas, Jonathan M. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Murashko, Dennis (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Murray, Brian Joseph (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Reidy, Daniel E. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Rotatori, Mark P. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Pruski, Jacek (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Heil, CeCe (Virginia) show/hide docs
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Manion, Francis J (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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Roth, Stuart J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Sekulow, Jordan (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Sekulow, Jay Alan (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Surtees, Geoffrey R. (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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