Case: Eden Foods v. Sebelius

2:13-cv-11229 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Filed Date: March 20, 2013

Closed Date: 2015

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Case Summary

On March 20, 2013, a for-profit business and its owner filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The plaintiffs, represented by Thomas More Law Center, a Catholic non-profit legal service, alleged that the Federal Government had violated these acts and the First Amendment. The plaintiffs ask…

On March 20, 2013, a for-profit business and its owner filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The plaintiffs, represented by Thomas More Law Center, a Catholic non-profit legal service, alleged that the Federal Government had violated these acts and the First Amendment. The plaintiffs asked the court for an exception to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate that required employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that providing contraception coverage would violate the owner's religious beliefs.



On March 22, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a motion for an emergency temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. On the same day, Judge Denise Page Hood denied the motion for an emergency restraining order and scheduled a hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction. In a written opinion, the court explained that other courts had held that the contraception mandate applied only to the corporate entity, not to its officers or owners, and that any burden imposed on an individual owner was "remote and too attenuated to be considered substantial for purposes of the RFRA." Eden Foods, Inc. v. Sebelius, No. 13–11229, 2013 WL 1190001, *1, *4 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 22, 2013). Because the plaintiffs had not expressly made a distinction between the corporate entity and its owner, who brought the suit as the entity's sole shareholder, the court found that the plaintiffs had not shown that they had an action under RFRA. 



On May 21, 2013, the court denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction in a written opinion. Again, regarding the plaintiffs' RFRA claim, it cited to the proposition that the mandate only applied to the corporate entity, and thus any burden imposed on individual owners was not considered substantial for purposes of the RFRA. On the plaintiffs' First Amendment claim, the court found that the individual plaintiff owner had not demonstrated that the contraception mandate violated the Free Exercise Clause based on his argument that the mandate was not neutral nor generally applicable, because the mandate's purpose was to promote public health and gender equality.



On the same day, the plaintiffs appealed from the order denying the motion for a preliminary injunction to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. On May 31, 2013, the parties filed a joint motion in district court to stay the proceedings pending the outcome of the appeal. The district court granted the motion to stay on June 12, 2013.



On Oct. 24, 2013, Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey for the Sixth Circuit denied the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction and remanded the case to district court with instructions to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction. Eden Foods, Inc. v. Sebelius, 733 F.3d 626, 633 (6th Cir. 2013). The court cited the law of the Sixth Circuit, announced in the recent decision in Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius, 730 F.3d 618 (6th Cir. 2013), which established that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the plaintiffs' requests for injunctive relief. 733 F.3d at 628. The court noted that Autocam held that the individual owners/shareholders lacked standing to bring their claims against the government in their individual capacities under RFRA, nor could they assert the individual plaintiffs' claims on their behalf. The court emphasized that incorporating a business created a "distinct legal entity, with legal rights, obligations, powers, and privileges different from those of the natural individuals who created it, who own[ed] it, or whom it employ[ed]." 733 F.3d at 631 (quoting Autocam, 730 F.3d at 624.



On November 12, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari, and the case was placed on the docket two days later as Case No. 13-591. Soon after, on November 26, 2013, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to a substantially similar case with the same defendants, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.. On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in that case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014). In a 5-4 opinion by Justice Alito, the Court held that the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violated RFRA, when applied to closely-held for-profit corporations. 

On July 1, 2014, the Supreme Court granted the plaintiffs' petition for writ of certiorari, and on August 4, 2014, vacated the judgment in this case in light of the Hobby Lobby decision and remanded to the Sixth Circuit for further consideration. 



On January 7, 2015, the Sixth Circuit remanded the case to the district court for any further proceedings.

On February 3, 2015, the defendants filed a joint motion to reopen the case at the district court level.

On February 12, 2015, the district court issued a permanent injunction enjoining the defendants from enforcing the ACA contraception mandate against the plaintiffs, and ordered that a judgment be entered in favor of the plaintiffs on their RFRA claim, and dismissing all of the other claims. The court also ordered the parties to meet and confer on the issue of attorneys' fees and costs.



On July 10, 2015, the parties notified the district court that they had reached an agreement on attorneys' fees and costs - they did not specify the details of the agreement - and that no further proceedings were necessary. We believe the case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Wyatt Fore (4/19/2013)

Richard Jolly (4/3/2014)

Elizabeth Greiter (3/12/2018)

Related Cases

Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, Western District of Oklahoma (2012)

Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius, Western District of Michigan (2012)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attrorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5284559/parties/eden-foods-inc-v-sebelius/


Judge(s)

Daughtrey, Martha Craig (Tennessee)

Hood, Denise Page (Michigan)

Randon, Mark (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Mersino, Erin Elizabeth (Michigan)

Thompson, Richard (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)

Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Daughtrey, Martha Craig (Tennessee)

Hood, Denise Page (Michigan)

Randon, Mark (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Mersino, Erin Elizabeth (Michigan)

Thompson, Richard (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Berwick, Benjamin Leon (District of Columbia)

Humphreys, Bradley Philip (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Steinberg, Michael J. (Michigan)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:13-cv-11229

Docket [PACER]

July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015

Docket
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2:13-cv-11229

Complaint

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

Complaint
12

2:13-cv-11229

Order Denying Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Notice of Setting Hearing Date on Motion for Preliminary Injunction

2013 WL 1190001

March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

Order/Opinion
22

2:13-cv-11229

Order Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

Order/Opinion
29

2:13-cv-11229

Order Granting Joint Motion to Stay District Court Proceedings Pending Appeal

June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

Order/Opinion

13-01677

Opinion [affirming denial of preliminary injunction]

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

733 F.3d 626

Oct. 24, 2013

Oct. 24, 2013

Order/Opinion
35

13-01677

Order

Eden Foods, Inc. v. Burwell

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Jan. 7, 2015

Jan. 7, 2015

Order/Opinion
39

2:13-cv-11229

Injunction and Judgment

Eden Foods, Inc. v. Burwell

Feb. 12, 2015

Feb. 12, 2015

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5284559/eden-foods-inc-v-sebelius/

Last updated Aug. 7, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

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COMPLAINT filed by All Plaintiffs against All Defendants. Plaintiff requests summons issued. Receipt No: 0645-4001347 - Fee: $ 350. County of 1st Plaintiff: Lenawee - County Where Action Arose: Lenawee - County of 1st Defendant: USA. [Previously dismissed case: No] [Possible companion case(s): None] (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

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SUMMONS Issued for the United States Attorney and the Office of the Attorney General. (TMcg) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

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SUMMONS Issued for *Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of Treasury* (TMcg) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

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SUMMONS Issued for *Seth D. Harris* (TMcg) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

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SUMMONS Issued for *Jack Lew* (TMcg) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

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SUMMONS RE-Issued for *Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of Treasury* (TMcg) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013

March 20, 2013

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STATEMENT of DISCLOSURE of CORPORATE AFFILIATIONS and FINANCIAL INTEREST by All Plaintiffs (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 03/21/2013)

March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by All Plaintiffs for Proof of Service of Summonses and Complaints (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 03/22/2013)

March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

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MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages for Emergency Temporary Restraining Order by All Plaintiffs. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 03/22/2013)

March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

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Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits Index of Exhibits, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit 1, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit 2, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit 3, # 5 Exhibit Exhibit 4, # 6 Exhibit Exhibit 5, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit 6, # 8 Exhibit Exhibit 7, # 9 Exhibit Exhibit 8) (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 03/22/2013)

1 Index of Exhibits Index of Exhibits

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March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

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NOTICE of Appearance by Bradley P. Humphreys on behalf of Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of Treasury. (Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 03/22/2013)

March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

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ORDER Denying Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order 10 and Notice of Setting Hearing Date on Motion for Preliminary Injunction :( Responses due by 4/19/2013, Replies due by 5/1/2013, Motion Hearing set for 5/10/2013 02:00 PM before District Judge Denise Page Hood) Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (LSau) (Entered: 03/22/2013)

March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

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TEXT-ONLY ORDER GRANTING 9 MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages for Emergency Temporary Restraining Order filed by Eden Foods, Inc., Michael Potter. Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (LSau)

March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

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MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief by American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan. (Attachments: # 1 Document Continuation) (Steinberg, Michael) (Entered: 04/19/2013)

1 Document Continuation

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April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

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NOTICE of Appearance by Michael J. Steinberg on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan. (Steinberg, Michael) (Entered: 04/19/2013)

April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

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RESPONSE to 10 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order filed by All Defendants. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits, # 2 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir.), # 3 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir.), denying mot. for recon., # 4 Exhibit Autocam Corp v. Sebelius (W.D. Mich.), # 5 Exhibit Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (Sotomayor, J., in chambers), # 6 Exhibit Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (10th Cir.), # 7 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities v. Sebelius (3d Cir.), # 8 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities v. Sebelius (E.D. Pa.), # 9 Exhibit Annex Med., Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.), # 10 Exhibit Annex Med., Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.), denying mot. for stay pending appeal, # 11 Exhibit Grote Indus., Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind.), # 12 Exhibit Grote Indus, Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind.), denying mot. for recon., # 13 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (7th Cir.), # 14 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (S.D. Ill.), # 15 Exhibit O'Brien v. HHS (E.D. Mo.)) (Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 04/19/2013)

1 Index of Exhibits

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2 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir.)

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3 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir.), denying mot. for recon.

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4 Exhibit Autocam Corp v. Sebelius (W.D. Mich.)

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5 Exhibit Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (Sotomayor, J., in chambers)

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6 Exhibit Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (10th Cir.)

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7 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities v. Sebelius (3d Cir.)

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8 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities v. Sebelius (E.D. Pa.)

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9 Exhibit Annex Med., Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.)

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10 Exhibit Annex Med., Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.), denying mot. for stay pending a

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11 Exhibit Grote Indus., Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind.)

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12 Exhibit Grote Indus, Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind.), denying mot. for recon.

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13 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (7th Cir.)

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14 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (S.D. Ill.)

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15 Exhibit O'Brien v. HHS (E.D. Mo.)

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April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

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MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages by All Plaintiffs. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 04/24/2013)

April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

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APPLICATION Supplemental Application to File a Reply Brief in Excess Page Length by All Plaintiffs. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 05/01/2013)

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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REPLY to Response re 10 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order, 16 MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages filed by All Plaintiffs. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 05/01/2013)

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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ORDER Granting Plaintiffs' Ex Parte Application to File A Reply Brief in Excess of Five Pages 16 . Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (LSau) (Entered: 05/01/2013)

May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

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Minute Entry - Motion Hearing held on 5/10/2013 re 13 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief - GRANTED; 10 Emergency MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction - TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT before District Judge Denise Page Hood. (Court Reporter Cheryl Warren Daniel) (LSau)

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

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MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages in Support of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss by All Defendants. (Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 05/20/2013)

May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

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MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint by All Defendants. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits, # 2 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir.), # 3 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir - Denying Reconsideration), # 4 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (W.D. Mich.), # 5 Exhibit Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius (Sotomayor, J., in chambers), # 6 Exhibit Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius (10th Cir.), # 7 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities, Corp. v. Sebelius (3d Cir.), # 8 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities, Corp. v. Sebelius (E.D. Pa.), # 9 Exhibit Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.), # 10 Exhibit Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn. - Denying Injunction Pending Appeal), # 11 Exhibit Grote Indus., Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind.), # 12 Exhibit Grote Indus., Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind. - Denying Mot. for Recon.), # 13 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (7th Cir), # 14 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (S.D. Ill.), # 15 Exhibit O'Brien v. Sebelius (E.D. Mo.), # 16 Exhibit Gilardi v. Sebelius (D.D.C.)) (Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 05/20/2013)

1 Index of Exhibits

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2 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir.)

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3 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (6th Cir - Denying Reconsideration)

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4 Exhibit Autocam Corp. v. Sebelius (W.D. Mich.)

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5 Exhibit Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius (Sotomayor, J., in chambers)

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6 Exhibit Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius (10th Cir.)

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7 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities, Corp. v. Sebelius (3d Cir.)

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8 Exhibit Conestoga Wood Specialities, Corp. v. Sebelius (E.D. Pa.)

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9 Exhibit Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn.)

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10 Exhibit Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius (D. Minn. - Denying Injunction Pending A

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11 Exhibit Grote Indus., Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind.)

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12 Exhibit Grote Indus., Inc. v. Sebelius (S.D. Ind. - Denying Mot. for Recon.)

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13 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (7th Cir)

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14 Exhibit Korte v. Sebelius (S.D. Ill.)

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15 Exhibit O'Brien v. Sebelius (E.D. Mo.)

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16 Exhibit Gilardi v. Sebelius (D.D.C.)

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May 20, 2013

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ORDER Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction 10 . Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (LSau) (Entered: 05/21/2013)

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

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NOTICE OF APPEAL by All Plaintiffs re 22 Order on Motion for Leave to File. Receipt No: 0645-4107250 - Fee: $ 455 - Fee Status: Fee Paid. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 05/21/2013)

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

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Certificate of Service re 23 Notice of Appeal. (KKra) (Entered: 05/22/2013)

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

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Joint MOTION to Stay Proceedings by Eden Foods, Inc., Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Michael Potter, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of Treasury. (Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 05/31/2013)

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

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TEXT-ONLY ORDER Granting 20 MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages. Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (LSau)

June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013

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NOTICE OF HEARING on 21 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint. Motion Hearing set for 7/24/2013 02:30 PM before District Judge Denise Page Hood (LSau) (Entered: 06/05/2013)

June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013

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AMENDED COMPLAINT filed by All Plaintiffs against All Defendants. NO NEW PARTIES ADDED. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 06/10/2013)

June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013

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RESPONSE to 21 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss as Moot filed by All Plaintiffs. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 06/10/2013)

June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013

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TEXT-ONLY NOTICE: MOTION Hearing on 7/24/2013 is Cancelled re 26 Notice of Hearing on Motion (Loury, R)

June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

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ORDER granting 25 Motion to Stay. Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (KKra) (Entered: 06/12/2013)

June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

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OPINION from U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit re 23 Notice of Appeal filed by Eden Foods, Inc., Michael Potter [Appeal Case Number 13-1677] (KKra) (Entered: 10/24/2013)

Oct. 24, 2013

Oct. 24, 2013

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ORDER from U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit re 23 Notice of Appeal filed by Eden Foods, Inc., Michael Potter [Appeal Case Number 13-1677] (KKra) (Entered: 11/08/2013)

Nov. 5, 2013

Nov. 5, 2013

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LETTER from the US Supreme Court that a petition for writ of certiorari was filed on November 12, 2013. [Supreme Court Case Number: 13-591] [Court of Appeals Case Number: 13-1677] (KKra) (Entered: 11/25/2013)

Nov. 20, 2013

Nov. 20, 2013

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LETTER from the US Supreme Court granting the petition for writ of certiorari [Supreme Court Case Number: 13-591] [Court of Appeals Case Number: 13-1677] (KKra) (Entered: 07/01/2014)

July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014

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JUDGMENT from U.S. Supreme Court re 23 Notice of Appeal filed by Eden Foods, Inc., Michael Potter [Appeal Case Number 13-1677] (KKra) Modified on 8/8/2014 (KKra). (Entered: 08/08/2014)

Aug. 4, 2014

Aug. 4, 2014

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ORDER from U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit re 23 Notice of Appeal filed by Eden Foods, Inc., Michael Potter [Appeal Case Number 13-1677] (KCla) (Entered: 01/12/2015)

Jan. 7, 2015

Jan. 7, 2015

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MANDATE from U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit as to 23 Notice of Appeal filed by Eden Foods, Inc., Michael Potter [Appeal Case Number 13-1677] (KCla) (Entered: 01/12/2015)

Jan. 7, 2015

Jan. 7, 2015

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Joint MOTION to Reopen Case and Enter Judgment by All Defendants. (Humphreys, Bradley) (Entered: 02/03/2015)

Feb. 3, 2015

Feb. 3, 2015

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NOTICE TO APPEAR: Status Conference set for 4/13/2015 02:30 PM before District Judge Denise Page Hood (LSau) (Entered: 02/04/2015)

Feb. 4, 2015

Feb. 4, 2015

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INJUNCTION and Judgment. Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (JOwe) (Entered: 02/12/2015)

Feb. 12, 2015

Feb. 12, 2015

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TEXT-ONLY NOTICE: Status Conference Hearing on April 13, 2015 is Cancelled re 38 Notice to Appear (LSau)

Feb. 13, 2015

Feb. 13, 2015

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NOTICE by All Plaintiffs Joint Status Report (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 03/13/2015)

March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

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NOTICE of Appearance by Ben Berwick on behalf of All Defendants. (Berwick, Ben) (Entered: 03/27/2015)

March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015

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NOTICE by All Plaintiffs Joint Status Report (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 05/12/2015)

May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015

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NOTICE by All Plaintiffs Joint Status Report (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 07/10/2015)

July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015

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Case Details

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Speech and Religious Freedom

Special Collection(s):

Contraception Insurance Mandate

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 20, 2013

Closing Date: 2015

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A for-profit business and its owner seeking an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violated the owner's religious beliefs.

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:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

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

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Equal Protection

Free Exercise Clause

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Voluntary Dismissal

Order Duration: 2015 - None

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

General:

Contraception

Religious programs / policies

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

Type of Facility:

Non-government for profit