On October 2, 2012, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., a Christian Bible publisher, and its owner filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000bb), the Administrative ...
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On October 2, 2012, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., a Christian Bible publisher, and its owner filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (42 U.S.C. § 2000bb), the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. § 706(2)), and the First and Fifth Amendments. The plaintiffs, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, seek to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. The plaintiffs contended that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.
On November 16, 2012, the District Court (Judge Reggie B. Walton) granted a preliminary injunction. The government defendants appealed this interlocutory decision to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on January 15, 2013, yet moved to voluntarily dismiss the appeal on April 25, 2013. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the government's motion on May 3, 2013. 2013 WL 2395168.
On July 15, 2015, the District Court entered a permanent injunction, preventing the government from enforcing the version of the contraceptive mandate at issue in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius
. The plaintiffs requested an injunction with unusually broad language similar to the injunction entered by the District Court for the District of Colorado in Newland v. Sebelius
, that would enjoin further regulations developed under the mandate, but the Court rejected their request. The injunction in this case (Tyndale House Publishers) did not prevent the plaintiffs from filing further civil lawsuits to challenge new regulations implementing the contraceptive services mandate.
Any motions for attorney fees and costs were to be filed before October 30, 2015, but none were recorded with the court. Wyatt Fore - 04/19/2013
Richard Jolly - 03/23/2014
Kate Craddock - 04/10/2016