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Case Name Midwest Fastener Corp. v. Sebelius FA-DC-0010
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-01337-ESH ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On September 5, 2013, the voting stockholders of Midwest Fasteners, a Michigan for-profit corporation, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the First Amendment, and the ... read more >
On September 5, 2013, the voting stockholders of Midwest Fasteners, a Michigan for-profit corporation, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the First Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to issue a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage to employer-sponsored private health insurance. Specifically, the stockholders contended that compliance with the contraception coverage requirement violated their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On October 8, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction of the HHS Mandate. They also sought a stay. On October 15, the Government filed a notice of non-opposition to the plaintiffs' motions in light of ongoing appeals in similar cases, including Gilardi v. HHS.

On October 16,2013 the District Court (Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle) granted the unopposed motion for preliminary injunction and stayed the case until 30 days after the resolution of Gilardi. Additionally, Judge Huvelle directed the clerk to administratively close the case until further order of the court.

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in favor of Hobby Lobby due to their religious objection to complying with the contraception coverage of the ACA.

Back in this case, on September 10, 2014 the parties jointly filed a motion for stay that was granted on September 16, 2014. In addition to granting the motion for stay, the court extended the preliminary injunction until October 20, 2014 and ordered the parties to file status reports on October 6, 2014.

On October 24, 2014 Judge Ellen S. Huvelle ruled that, in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the defendants would be permanently enjoined from enforcing the provisions of the ACA against the plaintiffs. The parties were ordered to attempt to reach an agreement on attorneys fees within 45 days. The plaintiffs filed a motion on December 3, 2014 to extend time to file a motion for attorney's fees and a new deadline was set for January 7, 2015.

There has been no further activity on the docket the case is now presumed closed.

Richard Jolly - 05/11/2014
Taylor Brook - 02/22/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
General
Contraception
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description The voting shareholders of a Michigan corporation that provides self-funded health insurance to employees
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Filing Year 2013
Case Closing Year 2015
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FA-OK-0001 : Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (W.D. Okla.)
FA-DC-0004 : Gilardi v. Dep't of Health and Human Services [Gilardi v. Sebelius] (D.D.C.)
Docket(s)
1:13−cv−01337 (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/27/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
FA-DC-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/05/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order granting preliminary injunction [ECF# 13] (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/16/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order and Judgment [ECF# 21] (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0010-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Huvelle, Ellen Segal (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0010-0002 | FA-DC-0010-0003 | FA-DC-0010-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beauman, Bryan H. (Kentucky)
FA-DC-0010-0001 | FA-DC-0010-9000
Garza, John R. (Maryland)
FA-DC-0010-0001 | FA-DC-0010-9000
Krueger, Robb S. (Michigan)
FA-DC-0010-0001 | FA-DC-0010-9000
Miller, Jason C. (Michigan)
FA-DC-0010-0001 | FA-DC-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)
FA-DC-0010-9000
Pruski, Jacek (District of Columbia)
FA-DC-0010-9000

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