Case: Louisiana College v. Sebelius

1:12-cv-00463 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Feb. 18, 2012

Closed Date: 2019

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Case Summary

On February 18, 2012, Louisiana College, a Christian university, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), claiming violations of these statutes and their First and Fifth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universa…

On February 18, 2012, Louisiana College, a Christian university, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), claiming violations of these statutes and their First and Fifth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance. The plaintiffs contended that this mandatory contraception coverage violated their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On January 4, 2013, the District Court (Judge Dee D. Drell) stayed discovery of the case pending resolution of similar litigation throughout the country and legislative alterations to the contraception mandate. On March 26, 2013, the Court dismissed the case for a lack of ripeness, noting that appropriate amendments could be made after August 15, 2013.

On September 19, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint. Specifically, they contended that the amended ACA regulation continued to violate their free exercise rights by requiring them to provide a form to a third-party administrator who arranged payment for contraception, such that coverage would apply to employees as a direct consequence of their employment with the plaintiff.

On November 2, 2013, defendants moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim or for summary judgment. On November 18, 2013, the plaintiff filed a cross-motion for summary judgment. On August 14, 2014, the court denied defendant's motion to dismiss and granted in part plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment on the plaintiff's Religious Freedom and Restoration Act claim, dismissing the remainder of the plaintiff's claims as moot. The court held that regulations requiring the University to self-certify its eligibility for an accommodation from the mandate requiring employee health insurance coverage for contraceptives violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, since requiring the affirmative act of self-certification substantially burdened the University's sincerely held belief that life began at fertilization by facilitating the provision of such contraceptive services by its insurer. The court also determined that the self-certification mandate was not the least restrictive means to accomplish the government's interests, since a limited religious exemption or other alternatives would not undermine those interests.

The defendants appealed to the Fifth Circuit on October 8, 2014. On December 12, 2014, the Fifth Circuit granted defendants' motion to stay pending resolution of a number of related cases.

On November 4, 2016, the court issued a per curiam order materially identical to the order in Zubik v. Burwell. That order decreed that "the parties on remand should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered by petitioners’ health plans receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.” La Coll. v. Price, No. 14-31167 (5th Cir. Nov. 14, 2016) (included in documents).

The case sat essentially without action until January 5, 2018, at which point the defendants voluntarily dismissed their appeal. No reason was given for the inaction or dismissal but the court later theorized the delay was due to the pending litigation of other similar cases.

Following the dismissal of the defendant's appeal, on August 20, 2018, the plaintiffs filed two motions for both declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs cited concerns that as their previous motion for injunctive relief was voluntarily withdrawn, there was a possibility that the August 2014 ruling granting them relief under the RFRA could be opened up to additional litigation. As a result they requested a permanent injunction and declaration in line with the prior ruling on RFRA. Finally, the plaintiffs asked to bring a seven month out-of-time claim for attorney fees.

On March 13, 2019, the court denied all of the previous motions. The court ruled that they were mystified by the first two motions because the plaintiffs already possessed a favorable ruling and their motions only opened themselves up to further litigation that could yield a less than favorable result. The court found their previous judgement as final and any additional injunctions or declarations lacked justiciability. On the matter of a late claim for attorney fees, the court denied the claim as there was no excuse for the lateness beyond the plaintiff's own neglect.

There has been no further action on this case.

Summary Authors

Micah Telegen (3/2/2017)

Emma Lawton (11/25/2013)

Kate Craddock (2/29/2016)

Carter Powers Beggs (11/30/2019)

People

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Judge(s)

Dennis, James L. (Louisiana)

Drell, Dee D. (Louisiana)

Jones, Edith Hollan (Texas)

Kirk, James D. (Louisiana)

Smith, Jerry Edwin (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Aden, Steven H. (Virginia)

Baylor, Gregory S. (District of Columbia)

Bowman, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)

Cortman, David A. (Georgia)

Harle, Denise (Georgia)

Judge(s)

Dennis, James L. (Louisiana)

Drell, Dee D. (Louisiana)

Jones, Edith Hollan (Texas)

Kirk, James D. (Louisiana)

Smith, Jerry Edwin (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Aden, Steven H. (Virginia)

Baylor, Gregory S. (District of Columbia)

Bowman, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)

Cortman, David A. (Georgia)

Harle, Denise (Georgia)

Johnson, J. Michael (Louisiana)

Lewis, James C. (Louisiana)

Stanley, Erik William (Kansas)

Theriot, Kevin H. (Kansas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barbero, Megan (District of Columbia)

Bennett, Michelle Renee (District of Columbia)

Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)

Jed, Adam C. (District of Columbia)

Klein, Alisa B. (District of Columbia)

Salzman, Joshua Marc (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)

Harrison, Justin Paul (Louisiana)

Lee, Jennifer (New York)

Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Louisiana College v. Hargan

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Jan. 5, 2018 Docket

Docket [PACER]

March 13, 2019 Docket
29

First Amended Complaint

June 11, 2012 Complaint
43

Judgment [dismissing defendants' motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction]

2012 WL 3061500, 2012 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 104609

July 26, 2012 Order/Opinion
68

Order [temporarily staying the case]

Jan. 4, 2013 Order/Opinion
69

Order [granting defendants' motion to dismiss]

March 26, 2013 Order/Opinion
77

Second Amended Complaint

Sept. 19, 2013 Complaint
106

Ruling

38 F.Supp.3d 766

Aug. 13, 2014 Order/Opinion
108

Amended Judgment

Aug. 14, 2014 Order/Opinion
00513757929

Appellate Order

Louisiana College v. Burwell

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Nov. 14, 2016 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5295622/louisiana-college-v-sebelius/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 3:04 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor and U S Dept of Treasury (Filing fee $350, receipt number 0536−1876104) filed by Louisiana College.(aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 2/22/2012 to edit text (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 02/18/2012)

Feb. 18, 2012
34

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 18 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed by U S Dept of Labor, Timothy Geithner, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Treasury RECOMMENDING that the motion be DENIED as MOOT. IT IS FURTHER RECOMMENDED that defendants be allowed to file a motion to dismiss pertaining to the amended complaint, if warranted. Objections to R&R due by 7/23/2012. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 07/06/12. (crt,Burge, J)

1 Searchable Copy of Opinion

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July 6, 2012 RECAP

CASE Assigned to Judge Dee D Drell and Magistrate Judge James D Kirk. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 02/23/2012)

Feb. 18, 2012
43

JUDGMENT ADOPTING 34 Report and Recommendations; denying as MOOT 18 Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendants may file a motion to dismiss pertaining to the amended complaint if warranted. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 07/26/12. (crt,Guillot, M)

1 Searchable Copy of Opinion

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July 26, 2012 RECAP
106

MEMORANDUM RULING re 81 MOTION to Dismiss For Failure to State a Claim, MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by U S Dept of Labor, Timothy Geithner, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Treasury, 91 Cross MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Louisiana College. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 08/13/14. (crt,Burge, J)

1 Searchable Copy of Opinion

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Aug. 13, 2014 RECAP
2

MOTION for Erik William Stanley to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Admission fee: $25, receipt number 0536−1876198) by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 2/23/2012 to reflect proposed order included within pdf of main document (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 02/20/2012)

Feb. 20, 2012
116

Notice (Other)

Aug. 10, 2018 PACER
3

MOTION for Kevin Hayden Theriot to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Admission fee: $25, receipt number 0536−1876205) by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 2/23/2012 to reflect proposed order included within pdf of main document (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 02/20/2012)

Feb. 20, 2012
117

Permanent Injunction

1 Memorandum / Brief in Support

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2 Proposed order

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Aug. 10, 2018 PACER
4

CIVIL COVER SHEET by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 02/22/2012)

Feb. 22, 2012
118

Notice of Deficiency

Aug. 10, 2018 PACER
5

SUMMONS ISSUED as to U S Attorney, U S Attorney General, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, U S Dept of Treasury (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 02/23/2012)

Feb. 23, 2012
7

ORDER granting 2 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of Erik William Stanley for Louisiana College. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 2/24/2012. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 02/27/2012)

Feb. 24, 2012
119

Notice of Deficiency

Aug. 10, 2018 PACER
120

Substitute Attorney

1 Proposed order

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Aug. 16, 2018 PACER
8

ORDER granting 3 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of Kevin Hayden Theriot for Louisiana College. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 2/24/2012. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 02/27/2012)

Feb. 24, 2012
121

Certificate of Consent/Opposition

Aug. 17, 2018 PACER
9

AFFIDAVIT of Service for all documents of record including Summons and Complaint served on Kathleen Sebelius on 03/13/2012, filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012
10

AFFIDAVIT of Service for all documents of record including Summons and Complaint served on United States Department of Health & Human Services on 03/13/2012, filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012
122

Order on Motion to Substitute Attorney

Aug. 20, 2018 PACER
11

AFFIDAVIT of Service for all documents of record including Summons and Complaint served on United States Department of Labor on 03/21/2012, filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012
123

Permanent Injunction

1 Memorandum / Brief

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2 Proposed order

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Aug. 20, 2018 PACER
124

Notice of Motion Setting

Aug. 22, 2018 PACER
12

AFFIDAVIT of Service for all documents of record including Summons and Complaint served on Hilda L. Solis on 03/13/2012, filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012
13

(ELECTRONICALLY FILED IN ERROR) AFFIDAVIT of Service for all documents of record including Summons and Complaint served on United States Department of the Treasury on 03/13/2012, filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 4/16/2012 to indicate "Electronically Filed in Error", counsel refiled as document 15 attaching correct pdf (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012
125

Memorandum in Opposition to Motion

Sept. 13, 2018 RECAP
14

AFFIDAVIT of Service for all documents of record including Summons and Complaint served on Timothy Geithner on 03/13/2012, filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012
126

Extension of Time to File Response/Reply to Motion

1 Proposed order

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Sept. 18, 2018 PACER
15

AFFIDAVIT of Service for all documents of record including Summons and Complaint served on United States Department of the Treasury on 03/13/2012, filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 04/13/2012)

April 13, 2012
127

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

Sept. 19, 2018 PACER
16

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Louisiana College. U S Dept of Health & Human Services; U S Dept of Labor; U S Dept of Treasury served on 3/13/2012 through the the U S Attorney and the U S Attorney General, answer due 5/14/2012. (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 4/17/2012 to edit text (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 04/16/2012)

April 16, 2012
128

Extension of Time to File Response/Reply to Motion

1 Proposed order

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Sept. 28, 2018 PACER
17

NOTICE of Appearance by Bradley Philip Humphreys on behalf of Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 05/11/2012)

May 11, 2012
129

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

Oct. 1, 2018 PACER
18

MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 05/11/2012)

May 11, 2012
130

Reply to Response to Motion

Oct. 11, 2018 RECAP
19

MOTION for David A. Cortman to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( Admission fee: $25, receipt number 0536−1949512) by Louisiana College. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 5/17/2012 to reflect proposed order included within pdf of main document (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 05/16/2012)

May 16, 2012
139

MEMORANDUM RULING re 123 MOTION for Declaratory Judgment filed by Louisiana College, 123 MOTION for Permanent Injunction filed by Louisiana College. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 3/12/2019. (crt,Bunting, M)

March 13, 2019 RECAP
20

NOTICE of Motion Setting regarding 18 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 05/17/2012)

May 17, 2012
140

Order on Motion for Permanent Injunction

March 13, 2019 PACER
21

ORDER granting 19 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of David A Cortman for Louisiana College. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 5/18/2012. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 05/18/2012)

May 18, 2012
23

PROPOSED Plan of Work by Louisiana College, Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis and U S Dept of Treasury. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order Proposed order)(aty,Theriot, Kevin) Modified on 6/4/2012 to add filers (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 06/01/2012)

June 1, 2012
24

Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Amend 1 Complaint, and to oppose Motion to Dismiss with consent by Louisiana College. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (Attachments: # 1 Text of proposed order)(aty,Theriot, Kevin) (Entered: 06/01/2012)

June 1, 2012
24

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 18 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction, MOTION to Continue Rule 16 Scheduling Conference with consent by Louisiana College. ADMINISTRATIVE ENTRY as 24 Motion for Extension of Time to Amend Complaint electronically filed without selecting all reliefs requested within the pleading. (crt,Dauterive, C) Modified on 6/4/2012 to assign document number (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 06/04/2012)

June 1, 2012

Motions Transferred regarding 24 Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Amend 1 Complaint, MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 18 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and MOTION to Continue Rule 16 Scheduling Conference with consent. Motions referred to Dee D Drell. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 06/04/2012)

June 1, 2012
25

ORDER granting 24 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply re 18 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction ( Responses due by 6/11/2012); granting 24 Motion to Continue Rule 16 Conference. The Rule 16 Conference is reset for 7/17/2012 11:00 AM before Judge Dee D Drell. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 6/4/12. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 06/04/2012)

June 4, 2012
26

MOTION for Steven H. Aden to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( Admission fee: $25, receipt number 0536−1968444) by Louisiana College. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 06/06/2012)

June 6, 2012
27

MOTION for Matthew S. Bowman to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( Admission fee: $25, receipt number 0536−1969164) by Louisiana College. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 06/07/2012)

June 7, 2012
28

ORDER granting 26 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of Steven H Aden for Louisiana College. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 6/7/2012. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 06/11/2012)

June 11, 2012
29

AMENDED COMPLAINT against All Defendants filed by Louisiana College.(aty,Theriot, Kevin) (Entered: 06/11/2012)

June 11, 2012
30

RESPONSE to Motion re 18 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Theriot, Kevin) (Entered: 06/11/2012)

June 11, 2012
31

ORDER granting 27 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of Matthew S Bowman for Louisiana College. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 6/8/2012. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 06/13/2012)

June 12, 2012
32

First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 29 Amended Complaint with consent by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 06/13/2012)

June 13, 2012
33

ORDER granting 32 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer re 29 Amended Complaint: Timothy Geithner answer due 7/9/2012; U S Dept of Health & Human Services answer due 7/9/2012; U S Dept of Labor answer due 7/9/2012; Kathleen Sebelius answer due 7/9/2012; Hilda L Solis answer due 7/9/2012; U S Dept of Treasury answer due 7/9/2012. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 6/14/2012. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 06/15/2012)

June 15, 2012
35

MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum / Brief)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 07/09/2012)

July 9, 2012
36

NOTICE of Motion Setting regarding 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint . Motions referred to James D Kirk. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 07/10/2012)

July 10, 2012
37

MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 07/10/2012)

July 10, 2012
38

NOTICE of Motion Setting regarding 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss . Motions referred to James D Kirk. (crt,Burge, J) (Main Document 38 replaced on 7/13/2012 to delete reference to LR 7.5 regarding the response deadline) (Burge, J). Modified on 7/13/2012 and regenerated nef (Burge, J). (Entered: 07/13/2012)

July 13, 2012
40

MINUTES (TEXT ONLY ENTRY − NO PDF ATTACHED) for proceedings held before Judge Dee D Drell: STATUS CONFERENCE held on 7/17/2012. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 07/18/2012)

July 17, 2012
39

MOTION for Gregory Scott Baylor to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( Admission fee: $25, receipt number 0536−2002197) by Louisiana College. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 7/19/2012 to indicate Proposed Order and Certificate of Good Standing included within pdf of main document (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 07/18/2012)

July 18, 2012
41

MINUTE ENTRY: Set Deadlines/Hearing as to 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint , 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss . Responses due by 8/10/2012, Replies due by 8/24/2012. Defendants shall produce a list of similar pending cases in other districts, including docket numbers, within 30 days. Signed by Judge Dee D Drell on 7/18/2012. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 07/18/2012)

July 18, 2012
42

ORDER granting 39 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for appearance of Gregory Scott Baylor for Louisiana College. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 7/19/2012. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 07/19/2012)

July 19, 2012
44

NOTICE by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury of pending challenges to the preventive services coverage regulations re 41 Minute Entry (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) Modified on 8/9/2012 to create docket entry relationship with 41 Minute Entry (Whidden, C). (Entered: 08/07/2012)

Aug. 7, 2012
45

DEFICIENT MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Bowman, Matthew) Modified on 8/13/2012 to reflect deficient status (Keifer, K). Modified on 8/14/2012 to remove ?; memorandum refiled as 48 (Keifer, K). (Entered: 08/10/2012)

Aug. 10, 2012
47

NOTICE of Deficiency to Matthew S Bowman on behalf of Louisiana College regarding 46 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion, 45 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion. Reason: For attorneys admitted pro hac vice, signature or endorsement of local counsel is required. (crt,Keifer, K) (Entered: 08/13/2012)

Aug. 13, 2012
48

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 08/13/2012)

Aug. 13, 2012
49

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 08/13/2012)

Aug. 13, 2012
50

REPLY to Response to Motion re 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint filed by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 08/24/2012)

Aug. 24, 2012
51

REPLY to Response to Motion re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss filed by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 08/24/2012)

Aug. 24, 2012
52

NOTICE by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury of Supplemental Authority re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss , 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 08/27/2012)

Aug. 27, 2012
53

MOTION for Leave to File Sur−Reply re 35 Motion to Dismiss, 37 Motion to Stay Discovery with opposition by Louisiana College. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 8/29/2012 to create link to proper pleadings. (Putch, A) (Entered: 08/28/2012)

Aug. 28, 2012

Motions Transferred regarding 53 MOTION for Leave to File Sur−Reply with opposition . Motions referred to James D Kirk. (crt,Putch, A) (Entered: 08/29/2012)

Aug. 28, 2012
54

RESPONSE to Motion re 53 MOTION for Leave to File Sur−Reply with opposition filed by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 08/29/2012)

Aug. 29, 2012
55

REPLY to Response to Motion re 53 MOTION for Leave to File Sur−Reply with opposition filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) (Entered: 08/31/2012)

Aug. 31, 2012
56

ORDER granting 53 Motion for Leave to File Sur−Reply re 35 Motion to Dismiss and 37 Motion to Stay Discovery. Sur−Reply due on or before September 5, 2012. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 08/31/12. (crt,Burge, J) (Entered: 08/31/2012)

Aug. 31, 2012

Set/Reset Deadlines: Compliance Deadline set for 9/5/2012 for Sur−Replies re 35 Motion to Dismiss, 37 Motion to Stay Discovery. (crt,Burge, J) (Entered: 08/31/2012)

Aug. 31, 2012
57

SUR−REPLY in Opposition re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss , 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint filed by Louisiana College. (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 9/7/2012 to edit text to more accurately identify document (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 09/05/2012)

Sept. 5, 2012
58

MOTION for Leave to File Sur−Sur Reply with opposition by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 09/07/2012)

Sept. 7, 2012

Motions Transferred regarding 58 MOTION for Leave to File Sur−Sur Reply with opposition. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered:

Sept. 7, 2012
60

NOTICE of Supplemental Authority by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss , 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A − Legatus v. Sebelius)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) Modified on 11/8/2012 to edit text (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 11/08/2012)

Nov. 8, 2012
61

NOTICE of Supplemental Authority by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss , 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Catholic Diocese of Nashville v. Sebelius)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) Modified on 11/27/2012 to edit text (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 11/26/2012)

Nov. 26, 2012
62

NOTICE by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury of Supplemental Authority re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss , 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Zubik v. Sebelius)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 11/28/2012)

Nov. 28, 2012
63

MINUTE ENTRY: Telephone conference set for 1/4/2013 at 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge James D Kirk. Plaintiff's counsel instructed to initiate conference call. Signed by Magistrate Judge James D Kirk on 11/29/12. (crt,Burge, J) (Entered: 11/29/2012)

Nov. 29, 2012
64

NOTICE of Supplemental Authority by Louisiana College (aty,Johnson, J) Modified on 12/12/2012 to edit text (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 12/10/2012)

Dec. 10, 2012
65

NOTICE by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury of Supplemental Authority, Response re 64 Notice (Other) (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 12/17/2012)

Dec. 17, 2012
66

NOTICE by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury of Supplemental Authority re 37 MOTION to Stay Discovery Pending Resolution of Motion to Dismiss , 35 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Wheaton College v. Sebelius − D.C. Cir., # 2 Exhibit Catholic Diocese of Biloxi v. Sebelius − S.D. Miss.)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 12/28/2012)

Dec. 28, 2012
67

MINUTES for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge James D Kirk: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 1/4/2013. The parties and court discussed the status of the new regulations and of other pending litigation involving these same issues. The Court was advised that the regulations will be published for comment during the first quarter of this year and should be finally promulgated by August 2013. Plaintiff orally moved for a stay of these proceedings pending developments on both fronts. The District Judge will consider an Order for a stay of proceedings. (jud,Kirk, James) (Entered: 01/04/2013)

Jan. 4, 2013
68

ORDER STAYING CASE. IT IS ORDERED that this case is STAYED until 8/15/2013 at which time the Government is ORDERED to provide this court with as status report as to the regulations and other relevant then pending litigation. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 1/4/13. (crt,Kennedy, T) (Entered: 01/04/2013)

Jan. 4, 2013
69

ORDER dismissing without prejudice 35 Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction; dismissing without prejudice 37 Motion to Stay. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 3/26/13. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 03/26/2013)

March 26, 2013
70

STATUS REPORT by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. (aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 08/15/2013)

Aug. 15, 2013
72

MINUTES for proceedings held before Chief Judge Dee D Drell: TELEPHONE CONFERENCE held on 9/10/2013. (crt,Guillot, M) (Entered: 09/10/2013)

Sept. 10, 2013
73

NOTICE by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury and Louisiana College of Proposed Briefing Schedule upon agreement of the parties (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) Modified on 9/12/2013 to add filer (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 09/12/2013)

Sept. 12, 2013
74

Joint MOTION for Leave to File Documents in Excess of Page Limits with consent by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury and Louisiana College. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) Modified on 9/12/2013 to add filer (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 09/12/2013)

Sept. 12, 2013
75

ORDER SETTING BRIEFING SCHEDULING. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 9/12/2013. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 09/16/2013)

Sept. 13, 2013
76

ORDER granting 74 Motion for Leave to File Documents in Excess of Page Limits re 75 ORDER SETTING BRIEFING SCHEDULING. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 9/12/2013. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 09/16/2013)

Sept. 13, 2013
77

SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT against All Defendants filed by Louisiana College.(aty,Baylor, Gregory) Modified on 9/24/2013 to edit text (Dauterive, C). (Entered: 09/19/2013)

Sept. 19, 2013
78

Ex Parte MOTION to Stay Briefing in Light of Lapse of Appropriations by Timothy Geithner, U S Dept of Health & Human Services, U S Dept of Labor, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda L Solis, U S Dept of Treasury. Motions referred to James D Kirk. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed order)(aty,Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 10/01/2013)

Oct. 1, 2013

Motions Transferred regarding 78 Ex Parte MOTION to Stay Briefing in Light of Lapse of Appropriations . Motions referred to Dee D Drell. (crt,Dauterive, C) (Entered: 10/01/2013)

Oct. 1, 2013
79

ORDER granting 78 Motion to Stay. IT IS ORDERED that any and all deadlines in the captioned matter are continued for thirty (30) days. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 10/2/13. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 10/03/2013)

Oct. 3, 2013
80

ORDER IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff is given until December 2, 2013 to filed any motion for injunctive relief. Responsive brief should be submitted in accordance with the standard rule of this Court. Signed by Chief Judge Dee D Drell on 10/31/13. (crt,Roaix, G) (Entered: 10/31/2013)

Oct. 31, 2013

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Speech and Religious Freedom

Special Collection(s):

Contraception Insurance Mandate

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 18, 2012

Closing Date: 2019

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A Christian institution of higher learning in Louisiana that opposes the use of contraception on religious grounds.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

United States Department of Health and Human Services (Washington), Federal

United States Department of Labor (Washington), Federal

United States Department of Treasury (Washington), Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Hospital/Health Department

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)

Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Establishment Clause

Free Exercise Clause

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Contraception

Religious programs / policies

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination