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Case Name Holland v. Sebelius FA-WV-0001
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-15487 ( S.D. W. Va. )
State/Territory West Virginia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On June 24, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of West Virginia under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the First Amendment against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the public ... read more >
On June 24, 2013, a for-profit company filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of West Virginia under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the First Amendment against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the public interest firm Liberty Institute, sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that providing insurance coverage of contraception would violate the religious beliefs of the corporation's owners. On July 26, 2013 the plaintiff filed an amended complaint but did not make any substantive changes.

On August 23, 2013, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss to the case on the grounds that the plaintiff's free exercise of religion was not substantially burdened by the ACA mandate. On December 10, 2013, Judge Thomas E. Johnston of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia stayed the case pending a decision by the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014), a substantially similar case.

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014). In a 5-4 opinion by Justice Alito, the Court held that the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate RFRA, when applied to closely-held for-profit corporations.

In light of this decision, on July 15, 2014, the parties jointly submitted a proposed Consent Order Granting Preliminary Injunction, preliminarily enjoining the defendants from enforcing the ACA's contraceptive requirement against the plaintiffs or assessing any penalties or fines for noncompliance.

On December 9, 2014, the parties jointly moved for an Entry of Injunction and Judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, which permanently enjoined the defendants from (1) enforcing the ACA's contraceptive coverage requirement, (2) assessing any penalties or fines for noncompliance, and (3) taking any other actions based on noncompliance with the requirement.

On May 29, 2015, Judge Johnston issued a judgment accepting the parties' submission. On October 28, 2015, the parties notified the court that they had reached an agreement on the plaintiffs' claim for attorneys' fees and costs, the terms of which are unknown. On October 30, 2015, the case was dismissed.

Mallory Jones - 10/16/2013
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Elizabeth Greiter - 11/16/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description A for-profit corporation that believed that the ACA's contraception coverage mandate violated the owner's religious beliefs.
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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2013 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2015
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FA-OK-0001 : Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (W.D. Okla.)
Docket(s)
2:13-cv-15487 (N.D. W. Va.)
FA-WV-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/30/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
FA-WV-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [ECF# 28]
FA-WV-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/26/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 31]
FA-WV-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/23/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memo to Support Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 32]
FA-WV-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/23/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Staying the Case [ECF# 44] (S.D. W. Va.)
FA-WV-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/10/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Order Granting Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 50] (N.D. W. Va.)
FA-WV-0001-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/23/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion For Entry of Injunction and Judgment [ECF# 51]
FA-WV-0001-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/09/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Injunction and Judgment Order [ECF# 52] (N.D. W. Va.)
FA-WV-0001-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/29/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Johnston, Thomas E. (S.D. W. Va.)
FA-WV-0001-0005 | FA-WV-0001-0007 | FA-WV-0001-0009 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Calabrese, Brian E. (West Virginia)
FA-WV-0001-0007 | FA-WV-0001-0008 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Dys, Jeremiah G. (West Virginia)
FA-WV-0001-0001 | FA-WV-0001-9000
George, Kent J. (West Virginia)
FA-WV-0001-0007 | FA-WV-0001-0008 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Mateer, Jeffrey C. (Texas)
FA-WV-0001-0001 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Porth, William C. (West Virginia)
FA-WV-0001-0007 | FA-WV-0001-0008 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Prunty, Allen R. (West Virginia)
FA-WV-0001-0001 | FA-WV-0001-0004 | FA-WV-0001-0007 | FA-WV-0001-0008 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Sasser, Hiram S. III (Texas)
FA-WV-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0003 | FA-WV-0001-0007 | FA-WV-0001-0008 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-9000
Branda, Joyce R. (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0008
Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0002 | FA-WV-0001-0003
Gershengorn, Ian Heath (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0002 | FA-WV-0001-0003
Goodwin II, R. Booth (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0002 | FA-WV-0001-0003 | FA-WV-0001-0008
Horn, Steven M. (New Jersey)
FA-WV-0001-0002 | FA-WV-0001-0003 | FA-WV-0001-0008 | FA-WV-0001-9000
Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0002 | FA-WV-0001-0003 | FA-WV-0001-0008
Ricketts, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-0002 | FA-WV-0001-0003 | FA-WV-0001-0008
Other Lawyers Lee, Jennifer (New York)
FA-WV-0001-9000
Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)
FA-WV-0001-9000
Rogers, Sarah (West Virginia)
FA-WV-0001-9000

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