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Case Name Fellowship of Catholic University Students v. Sebelius FA-CO-0008
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-03263 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On December 3, 2013, a non-profit organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 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 December 3, 2013, a non-profit organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado 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, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate, even with the accommodation for non-profit religious organizations, is unconstitutional. Specifically, the plaintiff asked for both a preliminary and permanent injunction keeping the government from enforcing the contraception insurance mandate against the organization.

On January 15, 2014, the plaintiff filed a motion for partial summary judgment. On February 17, 2014, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss, or, in the alternative, for summary judgment on the grounds that the accommodation to the ACA mandate does not substantially burden the plaintiffs' religious freedom under RFRA or cause the plaintiffs irreparable harm.

On March 11, 2014, the plaintiff filed a motion for preliminary injunction. The court granted the motion for preliminary injunction on April 23, 2014 consistent with the 10th Circuit's ruling in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, 723 F.3d 1114 (10th Cir. 2013). On September 30, 2014, following the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the district court denied defendants' motion to dismiss as moot, and additionally denied defendants' motion for summary judgment without prejudice. The court also ordered plaintiffs to file a second amended complaint.

Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on October 22, 2014, and filed a motion for summary judgment on December 1, 2014. The plaintiff stipulated to the dismissal of the case with prejudice on June 11, 2015, and the court terminated the case on June 12, 2015.

Mallory Jones - 03/15/2014
Elizabeth Heise - 11/13/2018


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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
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Contraception
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government non-profit
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 non-profit organization that believes the ACA's contraception insurance mandate, including the accommodation for religious organizations, violates the members' religious beliefs.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:13-cv-03263 (D. Colo.)
FA-CO-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/12/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint and Jury Demand [ECF# 1] (2013 WL 6240523)
FA-CO-0008-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/03/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Verified Complaint and Jury Demand [ECF# 10] (2013 WL 6919433)
FA-CO-0008-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 12/16/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [ECF# 12] (2014 WL 235009)
FA-CO-0008-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/15/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [ECF# 18]
FA-CO-0008-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/13/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment [ECF# 19]
FA-CO-0008-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 33]
FA-CO-0008-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/11/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Brief in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 33-1]
FA-CO-0008-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/11/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint [ECF# 53]
FA-CO-0008-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/22/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Krieger, Marcia S. (D. Colo.) show/hide docs
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