HHS Mandate Information Central

UPDATE: On August 22, 2014, the Administration released its eighth revision to the Health and Human Service (HHS) Mandate.

Read the New Rules for Non-Profits and For-Profits, and our Statement.

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Current Scorecard for Non-Profit Cases (click on link for details on each case)

53 non-profit lawsuits with a score card of 31 injunctions granted to 3 injunctions denied.  

 Injunctions Granted:

Injunctions Denied:

Cases Awaiting Court Decisions:

Cases filed against previous versions of the HHS Mandate and dismissed on procedural or other grounds:


Current Scorecard for For-Profit Cases (click on link for details on each case)

49 for-profit lawsuits* Of the 47 cases with rulings touching on the merits, the current scorecard is 41-6.


Cases to be decided by the Supreme CourtHobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood 


Injunctions Granted (i.e., don’t have to comply with mandate while case proceeds in court):

Injunctions Denied (i.e., must comply with mandate while the full case continues in court):

Cases remanded by the Supreme Court:

Cases filed, no additional action:

Case dismissed on procedural grounds (no decision on merits):

* The numbers of for-profit and non-profit lawsuits provided in the respective scorecards take into account CNS Ministries/Sharpe Holdings, Inc. v. Sebelius, Geneva College/Seneca Hardwood v. Sebelius, Legatus/Weingartz Supply Co. v. Sebelius, and Catholic Benefits Association v. Sebelius, which include both for-profit and non-profit plaintiffs. Thus, these cases are included in each scorecard’s tallies. **DOJ declined to appeal or did not oppose the injunction. ***DOJ voluntarily withdrew its appeal before the D.C. Circuit. § Stayed pending the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood.



While we try to ensure that all information on this website is current and accurate, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Recent HHS Mandate News


Quick Resources:

HHS Mandate Federal Regulation:

  • HHS Mandate (August 3, 2011)
  • HHS Mandate (February 15, 2012)
    • “Accordingly, the amendment to the interim final rule [published] on August 3, 2011, is adopted as a final rule without change.” (Page 8730)

Proposed Accommodation:

Objections to Mandate:

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Academic Papers:

Comments from Becket Fund and Becket Fund Clients:

Cases (in chronological order)

Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius

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Colorado Christian University v. Sebelius

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Eternal Word Television Network v. Sebelius

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Priests for Life v. Sebelius

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Louisiana College v. Sebelius

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Ave Maria v. Sebelius

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Geneva College/Seneca Hardwood v. Sebelius

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Nebraska v. HHS

  • Date Filed: February 23, 2012
  • Law Firm: Nebraska Attorney General
    • Press Contact:
      • Shannon Kingery, Nebraska AG’s Office
      • 402.471.2067
  • State/District:Nebraska, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
  • Type: Seven different states, and 6 other plaintiffs
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Nebraska
    • South Carolina
    • Michigan
    • Texas
    • Florida
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Sister Mary Catherine
    • Stacy Molai
    • Catholic Social Service
    • Pius X Catholic High School
    • Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America
  • Press Release (February 23, 2011)

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O’Brien v. HHS

  • Date Filed: March 15, 2012
  • Law Firm: ACLJ
    • Press Contact:
      • Gene Kapp, Media Director, (757) 226 – 2749
      • Main line: 1.757.226.2489
  • State/District: Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Type: Private For-Profit Business Owner – Frank O’Brien & O’Brien Industrial Holdings LLC
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Frank R. O’Brien Jr.
    • O’Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC
  • Press Release (March 15, 2012)

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Newland v. Sebelius

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Legatus v. Sebelius

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D.D.C. Lawsuit

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Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 21, 2012
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: New York, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Type: Catholic health and charity services and archdiocese, diocese
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Archdiocese of N.Y.
    • Diocese of Rockville Centre
    • Catholic Health Services of Long Island
    • Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre
    • ArchCare

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Catholic Diocese of Erie v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 21, 2012
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Type: Catholic diocese and social service organizations
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Diocese of Erie
    • St. Martin Center
    • Prince of Peace Center
  • Articles:

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Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh v. Sebelius

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Catholic Diocese of Dallas v. Sebelius

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Catholic Archdiocese of Fort Worth v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 21, 2012
  • Law Firm:Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Texas, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division
  • Type: Catholic diocese
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiff: Diocese of Fort Worth

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Franciscan University v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 21, 2012
  • Law Firm:Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Type: Catholic educational institutions
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Catholic Diocese of Biloxi v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: March 27, 2014
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Mississippi, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • Type: Catholic educational and social service institutions, diocese
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Diocese of Jackson
    • Catholic Charities of Jackson
    • Vicksburg Catholic School
    • St. Joseph’s Catholic School
    • Diocese of Biloxi
    • De l’Epee Deaf Center Inc.
    • Catholic Social & Community Services Inc.
    • Resurrection Catholic School
    • Sacred Heart Catholic School
    • St. Dominic Health Services

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Notre Dame v. Sebelius

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Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 21, 2012
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Indiana, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • Type: Catholic social services, media and diocese
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
    • Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend
    • St. Anne Home
    • Franciscan Alliance
    • Our Sunday Visitor
    • University of St. Francis

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Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Sebelius

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Catholic Diocese of Joliet v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 21, 2012 (Amended adding Catholic Charities of Chicago, July 10, 2012)
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager, Jones Day
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Type: Catholic charities and diocese
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:

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Wheaton College v. Sebelius

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Catholic Diocese of Peoria v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: August 9, 2012
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager, Jones Day
      • 216.586.1443
  • Press Contact:
    • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
    • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Peoria Division
  • Type: Catholic diocese
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Diocese of Peoria
  • Press Release:

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Triune Health Group v. Sebelius

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Grace Schools v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: August 23, 2012
  • Law Firm: Alliance Defending Freedom
    • Press Contact: ADF Media Department
      • 480.444.0020
  • State/District: Indiana, US District Court – Northern District of Indiana
  • Type: Evangelical Christian Colleges
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Grace College and Seminary
    • Biola University
  • Press Release (August 23, 2012)

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Catholic Diocese of Nashville v. Sebelius

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Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

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College of the Ozarks v. Sebelius

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Tonn and Blank Construction v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: September 20, 2012
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Tonn and Blank Construction, LLC

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Tyndale House v. Sebelius

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: October 5, 2012
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Georgia, US District Court
  • Type: Catholic Diocese/Charities
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs
    • The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta
    • Christ the King Catholic School
    • Catholic Charities of Atlanta
    • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah
  • Press Releases:

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Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius

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Korte & Luitjohan Contractors v. Sebelius

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East Texas Baptist University & Houston Baptist University v. Sebelius

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Griesedieck (American Pulverizer) v. Sebelius

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: October 19, 2012
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
    • Press Contact:
      • Dave Petrou, Global Communications Manager
      • 216.586.1443
  • State/District: Florida, US District Court of the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division
  • Type: Catholic Diocese/Charities
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs
    • The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami
    • Catholic Health Services, Inc.
    • Catholic Hospice, Inc.

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Grote Industries v. Sebelius

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Criswell College v. Sebelius

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Annex Medical v. Sebelius

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Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius

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Domino’s Farms Corporation v. Sebelius

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CNS Ministries/Sharpe Holdings, Inc. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: December 20, 2012
  • Law Firm: Ottsen, Leggat and Belz, L.C.
    • Press Contact: 314. 726.2800
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Missouri, Northern Division
  • Type: For-Profit
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Sharpe Holdings, Inc.
    • Charles N. Sharpe
    • Judi Diane Schaefer
    • Rita Joanne Wilson
    • Ozark National Life Insurance Company
    • CNS International Ministries
    • Heartland Christian College
    • NIS Financial Services, Inc.

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Infrastructure Alternatives v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: January 10, 2013
  • Law Firm: Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc.
    • William J. Cretens
    • Dana Trierweiler

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Sioux Chief Manufacturing v. Sebelius

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Gilardi v. Sebelius

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Briscoe v. Sebelius

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Hall v. Sebelius

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Lindsay v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: February 14, 2013
  • Law Firm: ACLJ
    • Press Contact:
      • Gene Kapp, Media Director, (757) 226 – 2749
      • Main line: 1.757.226.2489
  • State/District: Missouri – US District Court – Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • William C. Lindsay
    • Lindsay, Rappaport & Postel, LLC
  • Press Release (March 20, 2013)

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American Family Association v. Sebelius

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Armstrong v. Sebelius

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Beckwith v. Sebelius

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Bick Holdings, Inc. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: March 13, 2013
  • Law Firm: ACLJ
    • Press Contact: Gene Kapp, Media Director, (757) 226 – 2749
    • Main Line: (757) 226.2489
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Bick Holdings, Inc.
    • Bick Group, Inc.
    • Mary Frances Callahan
    • Mary Clare Bick
    • James Patrick Bick, Jr.
    • William Joseph Bick
    • Mary Patricia Davies
    • Joseph John Bick
    • Francis Xavier Bick
    • Mary Margaret Jonz
    • Mary Sarah Alexander

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Eden Foods v. Sebelius

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Mersino Management Co. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: March 21, 2013
  • Law Firm: Thomas More Law Center
    • Press Contact: 734.827.2001
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Mersino Management Company
    • Karen A. Mersino
    • Rodney A. Mersino
  • Press Release (March 25, 2013)

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Hart Electric, LLC v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: March 26, 2013
  • Law Firm: ACLJ
    • Press Contact: Gene Kapp, Media Director, (757) 226 – 2749
    • Main Line: (757) 226.2489
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Milton Fred Hartenbower
    • Catherine A. Hartenbower
    • Hart Electric, LLC
    • Hart Cable, LLC d/b/a H.I. Hart, LLC

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MK Chambers Co. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: March 28, 2013
  • Law Firm: The Troy Law Firm
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • MK Chambers Co.
    • Gerald D. Chambers
    • Robert W. Chambers

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Johnson Welded Products, Inc. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: April 30, 2013
  • Law Firm: American Freedom Law Center
    • Press Contact: (855) 835-AFLC (2352)
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Johnson Welded Products, Inc.
    • Lilli Johnson
  • Press Release (April 30, 2013)

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M&N Plastics, Inc. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 8, 2013
  • Law Firm: Thomas More Law Center
    • Press Contact: 734.827.2001
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • M&N Plastics, Inc.
    • Terrence Nagle, Jr.
    • Christopher Nagle
    • James Nagle
    • John Martin Nagle
  • Press Release (May 8, 2013)

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SMA, LLC v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: June 7, 2013
  • Law Firm: Mohrman & Kaardal, P.A.
    • Press Contact: (612) 341-1074
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • SMA, LLC
    • Michael Brey
    • Stanley Brey

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Holland v. Sebelius

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The QC Group, Inc. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: July 2, 2013
  • Law Firm: Mohrman & Kaardal, P.A.
    • Press Contact: (612) 341-1074
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • The QC Group
    • Daniel Medford
    • David Devowe

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Ozinga v. Sebelius

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Willis & Willis, PLC v. Sebelius

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Trijicon, Inc. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: August 5, 2013
  • Law Firm: Alliance Defending Freedom
    • Press Contact: ADF Media Department
      • 480.444.0020
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Trijicon, Inc.
    • Stephen Bindon
    • Michael Bindon
    • Mark Bindon
    • Sharon Lycos
    • Timothy Bindon
    • Bethanne Falkowski
  • Press Release (August 9, 2013)

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Wieland v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: August 14, 2013
  • Law Firm: Ottsen, Leggat and Belz, L.C. and Thomas More Society
    • Press Contact: 734.827.2001
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Type: Individuals
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Paul Joseph Wieland
    • Teresa Jane Wieland

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Mersino Dewatering v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: September 3, 2013
  • Law Firm: Thomas More Law Center
    • Press Contact: 734.827.2001
  • State/District: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Mersino Dewatering, Inc.
    • Rodney Mersino, Jr.

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Barron Industries, Inc. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: September 4, 2013
  • Law Firm: Thomas More Society
  • State/District: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Type: For-Profit Business
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
      • Paul Barron
      • Bruce Barron

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Midwest Fastener Corp. v. Sebelius

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Liberty University v. LEW

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South Nazarene University v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed:September 20, 2013
  • Law Firm: Alliance Defending Freedom
    • Press Contact:
      • ADF Media Department
      • 480.444.0020
  • State/District: U.S. DistrictCourt for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • Type: Nonprofit; Non-denominational Christian universities
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Southern Nazarene University
    • Oklahoma Wesleyan University
    • Oklahoma Baptist University
    • Mid-America Christian University

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Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius

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Feltl and Company v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: September 25, 2013
  • Law Firm: Morhman & Kardaal, P.A.
    • Contact: 612-341-1074
  • Type: For-profit business
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Feltl and Company, Inc.
    • John C. Feltl
    • Mary Jo Feltl

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Randy Reed Automotive v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: October 8, 2013
  • Law Firm: Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Type: For-profit automotive company
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Randy Reed Automotive, Inc.
    • Randy Reed Buick GMC, Inc.
    • Randy Reed Chevrolet, LLC
    • Randy Reed Nissan, LLC
    • Randy Reed, Individual

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GuideStone/Reaching Souls v. Sebelius

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The C.W. Zumbiel Co. v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: October 22, 2013
  • Law Firm: American Center for Law & Justice
  • Type: For-profit company
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • C.W. Zumbiel Co.
    • Robert W. Zumbiel
    • Thomas J. Zumbiel

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Dordt College/Cornerstone University v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: October 23, 2013
  • Law Firm: Alliance Defending Freedom
    • Press Contact:
      • ADF Media Department
      • 480.444.0020
  • Type: Nonprofit; Christian liberal arts colleges
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Cornerstone University
    • Dordt College
  • Press Releases:

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Williams v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: October 30, 2013
  • Law Firm: Thomas More Law Center
    • Press Contact: 734.827.2001
  • Type: For-profit company
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Joseph A. Williams III
    • Joseph A. Williams IV
    • Mark A. Williams
    • Electrolock Incorporated
    • Stone River Management Co.
    • Dunstone Co.

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Right to Life Michigan v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: November 4, 2013
  • Law Firm: Rizik & Rizik
    • Contact: 810-953-6000
  • Type: Nonprofit corporation
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Right to Life Michigan

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Ave Maria School of Law v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: November 12, 2013
  • Law Firm: Alliance Defending Freedom
    • Press Contact:
      • ADF Media Department
      • 480.444.0020
  • Type: Non-profit corporation, Catholic law school
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs: Ave Maria School of Law

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Michigan Catholic Conference v. Sebelius

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Doboszenski v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: November 14, 2013
  • Law Firm: Morhman & Kaardal
  • Type: For-profit Catholic business
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Doboszenski & Sons, Inc.
    • Douglas Doboszenski

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Stewart v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: November 27, 2013
  • Law Firm: Garza, Regan, & Associates
  • Type: For-profit architect, design and construction service firm
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the  District of Columbia
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • John F. Stewart
    • Encompass Develop, Design, and Construct, LLC

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Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) v. Sebelius

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Catholic Diocese of Beaumont v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: December 10, 2013
  • Law Firm: Cashiola & Bean
  • Type: Catholic Diocese and Charities
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Catholic Diocese of Beaumont
    • Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas

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Dobson v. Sebelius

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Ave Maria Foundation

  • Date Filed: December 20, 2013
  • Law Firm: Thomas More Law Center
    • Press Contact:
      • Erin Mersion, Esq 734.827.2001
  • Type: Nonprofit Christian organizations
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Ave Maria Foundation
    • Ave Maria Communications
    • Domino’s Farms Petting Fram
    • Rhondora Donahue Academy
    • Thomas More Law Center
  • Press Releases:

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Hastings Automotive v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: January 29, 2013
  • Law Firm: Liberty Institute
  • State/District: United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Type: For-Profit automative dealerships
  • Legal Documents:
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Hastings Automotive, Inc.
    • Hastings Chrysler Center
    • Douglas W. Erickson

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne

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Catholic Benefits Association v. Sebelius

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Stinson Electric v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: March 26, 2014
  • Type: For-profit company
  • Law Firm: Mohrman, Kaardal, & Erickson, PA
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Legal Documents:

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Union University v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: April 4, 2014
  • Type: Nonprofit; Southern Baptist University
  • Law Firm: Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennesee
  • Legal Documents:

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Catholic Diocese of Greensburg v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 27, 2014
  • Type: Catholic Diocese
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg
    • The Roman Catholic Dicoese of Greensburg
    • St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School
  • Law Firm: Jones Day
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Legal Documents:

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Media Research Center v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: May 27, 2014
  • Type: Non-profit organization
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Media Research Center
  • Law Firm: LeClairRyan
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Legal Documents:

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia v. Sebelius

  • Date Filed: June 2, 2014
  • Type: Catholic archdiocese and non-profit organizations
  • Plaintiffs:
    • Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
    • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
    • St. John’s Orphan Asylum
    • St. Edmond’s Home for Crippled Children
    • Don Guanella Village of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
    • Divine Providence Village
    • The Philadelphia Protectory for Boys
    • Catholic Community Services, Inc.
    • Nutritional Development Services, Inc.
    • Catholic Health Care Services – Supportive Independent Living
    • St. Monica Manor
    • St. John Neumann Nursing Home
    • Immaculate Mary Home
    • St. Francis Country House
    • St. Martha Nursing Home
    • St. Mary Manor
    • St. John Vianney Center
    • Catholic Clinical Consultants
  • Law Firm: Conrad O’Brien
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Legal Documents:

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March for Life v. Burwell

  • Date Filed: July 7, 2014
  • Type: Catholic non-profit organization
  • Plaintiffs:
    • March for Life
    • Jeanne Monahan
    • Bethany Goodman
  • Press Releases:
  • Law Firm: Alliance Defending Freedom
  • State/District: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Legal Documents:

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Valley Forge Christian College v. Burwell

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HHS Mandate Timeline:

  • June 30, 2014, Press Release,  Supreme Court Victory for Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom
  • June 30, 2014, Press ReleaseMedia Advisory:  Supreme Court Victory for Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom
  • June 30, 2014, Press ReleaseCatholic Nun’s Network Wins Emergency Relief from 11th Circuit
  • June 26, 2014, Press Release, Media Advisory: Hobby Lobby Attorneys to Deliver Statement Outside U.S. Supreme Court; Press Conference Call 12:00pm
  • August 3, 2011, HHS Regulation, All group health plans must cover “[FDA-]approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.” FDA approved contraception includes Plan B (“morning after pill) and ella (“week after pill).
  • November 10, 2011Press ReleaseBelmont Abbey College Sues Federal Government (Becket Fund)
  • December 21, 2011Press ReleaseColorado Christian University First Evangelical University to Fight Abortifacient Mandate (Becket Fund)
  • January 20, 2012Press ReleaseObama Administration Refuses to Change Abortion-Drug Mandate
  • January 31, 2012, Press ReleaseSenator Rubio introduces conscience rights bill
  • February 6, 2012, Press Release, White House Makes False Claims about HHS Mandate
  • February 9, 2012Press ReleaseBecket Funds Files Lawsuit for Nun’s TV Network
  • February 10, 2012Press ReleaseObama Administration Offers False “Compromise” on Abortion-Drug Mandate
  • February 15, 2012, HHS RegulationAfter “Compromise,” HHS Mandate Remains unchanged
  • February 15, 2012Press ReleaseUNACCEPTABLE: Diverse group of more than 300 academics and religious leaders call Obama’s HHS statement “Unacceptable”
  • February 15, 2012Press ReleasePriest for Life Join Fight
  • February 17, 2012Press ReleaseObama Administration Responds to Becket Fund Lawsuit: “Please Look the Other Way”
  • February 18, 2012, Congressional Hearing, First Congressional Hearing on HHS Mandate, President Theirfelder Testifies (Belmont Abbey College)
  • February 18, 2012, Press ReleaseLouisiana College joins fight (ADF)
  • February 21, 2012Press ReleaseBecket Fund Files on Behalf of Ave Maria University
  • February 21, 2012Press ReleaseGeneva College joins fight (ADF)
  • February 23, 2012, Press Release7 states sue over mandate (Nebraska v. HHS)
  • February 28, 2012Press ReleaseObama Administration Takes Another Pass on Defending HHS Mandate
  • February 28, 2012, Congressional HearingBecket Fund Testifies before full House Judiciary Committee regarding constitutionality of the HHS Mandate
  • February 28, 2012, Press ReleaseAdministration seeks to dismiss Becket Fund’s CCU lawsuit
  • March 12, 2012, NYT PollMajority of women believe religious organizations should be exempt
  • March 15, 2012, Press ReleaseFirst for-profit client files, O’Brien v. HHS (ACLJ)
  • March 16, 2012Press ReleaseAdministration Offers new details on “accommodation” and fails to satisfy religious groups (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking)
  • March 22, 2012Press ReleaseAlabama Joins Becket Fund’s Fight Against Unconstitutional HHS Mandate
  • March 23, 2012, Media AdvisoryBecket Fund co-host Religious Freedom Rallies nation-wide
  • April 23, 2012, Press ReleaseBecket Fund Fires Back at Administration’s Attempt to Dismiss Lawsuit (BAC)
  • April 26, 2012VideoSebelius admits before congress that she did not consult Supreme court decision on religious liberty when drafting the HHS mandate
  • April 30, 2012, Press Release, Second Private Business Owner Sues, Newland v. Sebelius (ADF)
  • May 7, 2012, Press Release, Legatus v. Sebelius (Thomas More Law Center)
  • May 15, 2012, Press ReleaseFranciscan University First to Drop Student Health Insurance
  • May 21, 2012, Press ReleaseAve Maria Second to Drop Student Health Insurance
  • May 21, 2012, 11 Additional Lawsuits, representing 43 plaintiffs filed (Jones Day)
  • July 9, 2012, Press Release, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago joins existing lawsuit (Jones Day)
  • July 27, 2012,Press Release, Court Grants Preliminary Injunction in Hercules (Judge Kane’s Opinion) (ADF)
  • September 12, 2012, Press Release, Hobby Lobby Sues Over HHS Mandate (Becket Fund)
  • September 12, 2012, Press Release, Diocese, 7 Catholic Entities File Federal Lawsuit (Jones Day)
  • September 17, 2012, Press Release, College of the Ozarks Files Suit Against Government Departments (College of the Ozarks)
  • September 28, 2012, Opinion, Judge Jackson’s Opinion on O’Brien Case (ACLJ)
  • October 5, 2012, Press Release, Appeal to DC Circuit: Christian Colleges “Suffer Present Harm” (Becket Fund)
  • October 5, 2012, Georgia Bulletin, Georgia Diocese Challenge HHS Mandate in Court (Jones Day)
  • October 8, 2012, Press Release, Catholic Entrepreneur and Family File Suit against Federal Employer Mandate (Catholic Vote)
  • October 9, 2012, Press Release, Catholic Business Owner in Illinois Files Suit (ACLJ)
  • October 9, 2012, Press Release, East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University Sue HHS (Becket Fund)
  • October 12, 2012, Order, Preliminary Injunction Hearing for Bible Publisher Changed to October 29, 2012 (ADF)
  • October 12, 2012, Press Release, USCCB Responds to Inaccurate Statement of Fact on HHS Mandate During VP Debate (USCCB)
  • October 12, 2012, Press Release, 13 States and 12 Organizations File Amicus Briefs Opposing Mandate in BAC/Wheaton Appeal (Becket Fund)
  • October 31, 2012, Order, Preliminary Injunction Granted in Weingartz Supply Company (TMLC)
  • November 1, 2012, Press Release, Criswell College Files Lawsuit Against Obama Administration Over Coercive HHS Mandate (Liberty Institute)
  • November 2, 2012, Press Release, Minnesota Medical Supply Company and Entrepreneur Join Obamacare Challengers (ActRight)
  • November 5, 2012, Brief, DOJ’s Response Brief in Wheaton/BAC Appeal before DC Circuit Court (Becket Fund)
  • November 16, 2012, Press Release, Good News for Bible Publisher Challenging Abortion Pill Mandate (ADF)
  • November 19, 2012, Press Release, Federal Court: Hobby Lobby Must Violate its Faith and Pay for Abortion-Pills (Becket Fund)
  • November 19, 2012, Press Release, Pending December Hearing, Religious Colleges Submit Final Brief to D.C. Circuit (Becket Fund)
  • November 21, 2012, Press Release, Hobby Lobby Seeks Emergency Relief from Abortion-Pill Mandate (Becket Fund)
  • November 27, 2012, Order of Dismissal, Catholic Diocese of Nashville v. Sebelius (Jones Day)
  • November 28, 2012, Order of Dismissal, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh v. Sebelius (Jones Day)
  • November 29, 2012, Press Release, O’Brien Business Granted Emergency Relief from HHS Mandate in 8th Circuit, HL Seeks Same (Becket Fund)
  • December 5, 2012, Press Release, Lancaster County Wood Component Business Challenges HHS Regulations (International Law Center)
  • December 5, 2012, Press Release, Court Rules in Favor of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York (Becket Fund)
  • December 10, 2012, Press Release, DC Circuit Court of Appeals: Hearing Set in Wheaton & BAC Appeal, December 14, 2012 (Becket Fund)
  • December 14, 2012, Order, Judge Reagan’s Order Denying Injunction for Korte Contractors (ACLJ)
  • December 14, 2012, Complaint, Domino’s Farms Corporation Files Suit (TMLC)
  • December 18, 2012, Press Release, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion: Victory for Religious Organizations (Becket Fund)
  • December 20, 2012, Press Release, Hobby Lobby Forced to Ask Supreme Court to Halt Abortion Drug Mandate (Becket Fund)
  • December 20, 2012, Order, Griesediek (American Pulverizer) Granted Preliminary Injunction (ACLJ)
  • December 21, 2012, Application, Hobby Lobby Files Emergency Application Before SCOTUS (Becket Fund)
  • December 26, 2012, Statement, Justice Sotomayor’s Opinion (Becket Fund)
  • December 31, 2012, Press Release, Federal Judge Grants Tom Monaghan Emergency Request; Halts Government Enforcement of HHS Mandate (TMLC)
  • December 31, 2012, Opinion, Notre Dame Case Dismissed (Jones Day)
  • January 8, 2013, Opinion, CCU Case Dismissed (Becket Fund)
  • January 28, 2013, Opinion, Archbishop of Washington (including Catholic University) Dismissed (Jones Day)
  • January 30, 2013, Order, 7th Circuit Grants Injunction in Grote (ADF)
  • February 1, 2013, Statement, Still Unacceptable and Unconstitutional (Becket Fund)
  • February 4, 2013, Order, 8th Circuit Grants Preliminary Injunction in Annex (ActRight)
  • February 5, 2013, KSTP, Minnesota Business Owner Sues Government Over Contraception (Mohrman & Kaardal, P.A.)
  • February 5, 2013, Press Release, Colorado Senior Centers Sue Against HHS Mandate (ADF)
  • February 14, 2013, Complaint, Lindsay, Rappaport & Postel , LLC File Complaint (ACLJ)
  • February 20, 2013, Press Relesase, Liberty Institute Helps AFA Fight Back Against HHS Mandate (Liberty Institute)
  • February 20, 2013, Press Release, Nine U.S. Senators & Two Representatives: Religious Freedom Includes Hobby Lobby (Becket Fund)
  • March 6, 2013, Press ReleaseColo. Mortgage Co. Seeks to Stop Foreclosure on Religious Freedom (ADF)
  • March 6, 2013, Order, W.D. Pa. Grants Seneca Hardwood Preliminary Injunction, Geneva College Lacks Ripeness (ADF)
  • March 11, 2013, Press Release, Prominent Theological Seminary Joins Fight Against Abortion-Pill Mandate (Becket Fund)
  • March 12, 2013, Press Release, Beckwith Files Federal Lawsuit to Escape Religious Persecution – Under the HHS Mandate (TMLC)
  • March 14, 2013, Opinion, E.D. Mi. Grants Domino’s Farms Preliminary Injunction (TMLC)
  • March 20, 2013, Press Release, Federal Court Blocks Implementation of HHS Mandate for Illinois Law Firm (ACLJ)
  • March 21, 2013, Press Release, Thomas More Law Center Files Its Fourth Court Challenge To the HHS Mandate (TMLC)
  • March 26, 2013, Press ReleaseState Attorneys General release letter opposing HHS Mandate (Becket Fund)
  • March 29, 2013, Press Release, Tenth Circuit Grants Hobby Lobby Full Court Hearing (Becket Fund)
  • March 29, 2013, Press ReleaseACLJ Obtains Fifth Injunction Against HHS Mandate (ACLJ)
  • April 2, 2013, Press Release, American Mfg. Co. Granted a Preliminary Injunction (Hughes Mathews, P.A.)
  • February 25 – April 8, 2013, Organizations Submit Comments as Deadline Approaches (See Resources tab for more)
  • April 8, 2013, Submit CommentsDeadline to Submit Comments on the Proposed Rule
  • June 27, 2013, Press ReleaseVictory: 10th Circuit Overturns Denial of Hobby Lobby Injunction (BF)
  • June 28, 2013, Press ReleaseFinal HHS Rule Fails to Protect Constitutional Rights of Millions of Americans (BF)
  • June 28, 2013, Press ReleaseHobby Lobby Gets 11th Hour Victory Against the Mandate
  • July 19, 2013, Press Release, Hobby Lobby Wins Preliminary Injunction
  • September 19, 2013, Press Release, Hobby Lobby Files Cert Petition
  • November 20, 2013, Press Release, Belmont Abbey Refiles
  • November 21, 2013, Order, Preliminary Injunction for Nonprofit Cases
  • November 26, 2013, Press Release, U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Hobby Lobby Case
  • December 20, 2013, Press Release, First Class-Action Suit Wins Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
  • December 31, 2013, Press Release, Little Sisters of the Poor Granted Temporary Injunction by Supreme Court
  • January 24, 2014, Press Release, U.S. Supreme Court Protects Little Sisters of the Poor
  • January 28, 2014, Press Release, Bi-Partisan Legislators, Religious Leaders, Legal Scholars and States File Support in Supreme Court for Hobby Lobby
  • February 24, 2014, Press Release, Little Sisters of the Poor Seek Justice Before Federal Court
  • March 25, 2014, Press Release, Supreme Court Hears Landmark Hobby Lobby Case

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