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Case Name Hall v. Sebelius FA-MN-0006
Docket / Court 0:13-cv-00295-JRT-LIB ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On February 5, 2013, the Catholic owner of a corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota under the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("ACA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. Departments of Health and Human ... read more >
On February 5, 2013, the Catholic owner of a corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota under the First and Fifth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("ACA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging the federal rules adopted pursuant to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") violated their religious freedom by requiring the organization to provide employee insurance coverage for contraception through its group health insurance plan. Claiming that providing coverage for contraception would contravene both their Christian faith and compel speech and association contrary to their beliefs, the plaintiffs sought an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate for themselves and other institutions with similar religious objections.

On March 22, 2013, plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction and stay of proceedings. On March 25, 2013, defendants gave notice of non-opposition to plaintiffs' motion.

On April 2, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim granted the preliminary injunction and stayed the case pending resolution of the appeal in either of the cases (1) O'Brien v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Services, 894 F.Supp.2d 1149 (E.D. Mo. 2012) or (2) Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius, No. 12–2804 2013 WL 101927 (D. Minn. Jan. 8, 2013), or until the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a substantially similar case, whichever occurred first. Both of the aforementioned cases involved similar legal issues and the same defendant.

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014), a substantially similar case. 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 November 24, 2014, the plaintiff submitted a Stipulation for Entry of Judgment and Injunction in Favor of Plaintiffs and Stipulation for Fee Motion Briefing Schedule, which was also signed by the defendants, and 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 November 26, 2014, Judge Tunheim issued a judgment accepting the parties' submission. The plaintiff moved for and received several extensions of time to file a motion for attorneys' fees, but the docket shows no record of the plaintiffs moving for attorneys' fees, and the case now appears closed.

Emma Lawton - 11/17/2013
Mallory Jones - 02/09/2014
Elizabeth Greiter - 11/08/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 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) Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Labor
Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description A corporation and its Catholic owner seeking exemption from the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
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 2016
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FA-OK-0001 : Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (W.D. Okla.)
FA-MN-0003 : Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.)
FA-MO-0006 : O'Brien v. HHS (E.D. Mo.)
Docket(s)
13-cv-00295-JRT-LIB (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/27/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
FA-MN-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/05/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 11] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation for Entry of Judgment and Injunction in Favor of Plaintiffs and Stipulation for Fee Motion Briefing Schedule [ECF# 12]
FA-MN-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/24/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Injunction and Judgment [ECF# 13] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/26/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment in a Civil Case [ECF# 37] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/03/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brisbois, Leo I. (D. Minn.) [Magistrate]
FA-MN-0006-9000
Tunheim, John R. (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006-0002 | FA-MN-0006-0004 | FA-MN-0006-0005 | FA-MN-0006-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dickey, James (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0006-0003
Kaardal, Erick G. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0006-0001 | FA-MN-0006-0003 | FA-MN-0006-9000
Mathews, Thomas E (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0006-0001 | FA-MN-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bildtsen, Ann M (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0006-9000
Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0006-0003 | FA-MN-0006-9000

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