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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). Plaintiff, 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 coverage. Specifically, the stockholders contended that compliance with the contraception coverage requirement violates its sincerely held religious beliefs.

On October 8, 2014 plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction and stay. On October 15, the Government filed a notice of non-opposition to plaintiffs' motions in light of ongoing appeals in similar cases.

On October 16,2014 the District Court (Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle) granted the unopposed motions and stayed the case until 30 days after the resolution of Gilardi v. U.S. Dept' of Helath & Human Servs..

As of May 11, 2014 the case is ongoing.

Richard Jolly - 05/11/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:13−cv−01337 (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/18/2013
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]
Judges Huvelle, Ellen Segal (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0010-0002 | 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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