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Case Name Doboszenski & Sons, Inc. v. Sebelius FA-MN-0007
Docket / Court 0:13-cv-03148 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On November 14, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff ... read more >
On November 14, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate was unconstitutional. Specifically, the plaintiff asked for a permanent injunction keeping the government from enforcing the contraception insurance mandate against the corporation because it violated the owner's religious freedom.

On November 22, 2013, the plaintiff filed an unopposed motion for preliminary injunction and stay of proceedings. On November 27, 2013, Judge Joan N. Ericksen of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota granted the motion 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 14, 2014, the parties jointly submitted a Stipulation for Entry of Judgment and Injunction in Favor of Plaintiffs and Stipulation for Fee Motion Briefing Schedule, 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 18, 2014, Judge Ericksen issued a judgment accepting the parties' submission. On December 30, 2014, the parties stipulated for an extension of time for the plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees. Judge Ericksen granted this stipulation in an order extending the deadline to March 3, 2015. The docket shows no record of the plaintiffs moving for attorneys' fees, and the case now appears closed.

Mallory Jones - 03/15/2014
Elizabeth Greiter - 11/02/2017


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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) 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 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 2015
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)
0:13-cv-03148 (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/31/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief Jury Trial Demanded [ECF# 1]
FA-MN-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/14/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Stay [ECF# 7]
FA-MN-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/22/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Notice of Non-Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Stay of Proceedings [ECF# 12]
FA-MN-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/25/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 13] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/27/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order For Injunction and Judgment [ECF# 15] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/18/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment In a Civil Case [ECF# 16] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/18/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order For Extension of Time to File Plaintiffs' Motion For Attorneys' Fees and Costs [ECF# 18] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/31/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ericksen [Lancaster], Joan N. (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007-0004 | FA-MN-0007-0005 | FA-MN-0007-0007 | FA-MN-0007-9000
Noel, Franklin L. (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kaardal, Erick G. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0007-0001 | FA-MN-0007-0002 | FA-MN-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bildtsen, Ann M (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0007-9000
Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0007-0003
Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0007-0003 | FA-MN-0007-9000
Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0007-0003
Marti, John R. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0007-0003
Ricketts, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0007-0003

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