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Case Name Stinson Electric, Inc. v. Sebelius FA-MN-0008
Docket / Court 0:14-cv-00830-PJS-HB ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Contraception Insurance Mandate
Case Summary
On March 26, 2014, three individual plaintiffs and their wholly-owned family company filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and ... read more >
On March 26, 2014, three individual plaintiffs and their wholly-owned family company filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Plaintiffs alleged that the provision of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") that mandated group health plans include coverage for "all [FDA] approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity," posed a substantial burden on their religious exercise. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

On April 30, 2014, District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz granted the plaintiffs' preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraception mandate until thirty days after the Eighth Circuit issued a decision in O'Brien v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Services, 894 F.Supp.2d 1149 (E.D. Mo. 2012) or Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius, No. 12–2804 2013 WL 101927 (D. Minn. Jan. 8, 2013), or until thirty days after the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, 723 F.3d 1114 (Tenth Cir. 2013) or Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, 724 F.3d 377 (Third Cir. 2013).

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 Schiltz 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. On December 31, 2014, Judge Schiltz 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.

Richard Jolly - 11/05/2014
Elizabeth Greiter - 12/07/2017


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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
Abortion
Contraception
Fines/Fees/Bail/Bond
Plaintiff Type
Closely-held (for profit) corporation
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
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) Internal Revenue Service
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States Department of the Treasury
Plaintiff Description Three individual plaintiffs and their family company.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2014 - n/a
Filing Year 2014
Case Closing Year 2015
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing FA-OK-0001 : Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (W.D. Okla.)
FA-PA-0007 : Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius (E.D. Pa.)
FA-MN-0003 : Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.)
FA-MO-0006 : O'Brien v. HHS (E.D. Mo.)
Docket(s)
0:14-cv-00830 (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0008-9000.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-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/26/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 14] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/30/2014
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# 17]
FA-MN-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/14/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Injunction and Judgment [ECF# 18] (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0008-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/18/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bowbeer, Hildy Court not on record [Magistrate]
FA-MN-0008-9000
Schiltz, Patrick Joseph (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0008-0002 | FA-MN-0008-0004 | FA-MN-0008-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dickey, James (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-0001 | FA-MN-0008-0003 | FA-MN-0008-9000
Fahnlander, Vincent J. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-9000
Kaardal, Erick G. (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-0003 | FA-MN-0008-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bildtsen, Ann M (Minnesota)
FA-MN-0008-9000
Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)
FA-MN-0008-0003 | FA-MN-0008-9000

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