Case: Beckwith v. Sebelius

8:13-cv-00648 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Filed Date: March 12, 2013

Closed Date: 2015

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Case Summary

On March 12, 2013, a for-profit company filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the public interest firm Thomas More Law Center, sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraception. Speci…

On March 12, 2013, a for-profit company filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff, represented by the public interest firm Thomas More Law Center, sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraception. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that providing insurance coverage for specific forms of contraception, including the morning-after pill and the intrauterine device (IUD), would violate the religious beliefs of the corporation's owners. The plaintiff also asked that the court declare the contraception insurance mandate unconstitutional.

On March 13, 2013, the plaintiff filed a motion for preliminary injunction. The defendant opposed this motion on the grounds that the plaintiff had not suffered harm upon which relief could be granted. The defendant argued that the plaintiff, as a corporation, could not exercise religion and could not suffer a violation of its religious beliefs. Oral argument took place on June 17, 2013. On June 25, 2013, Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich granted the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction. 960 F.Supp.2d 1328.

On August 22, 2013, the defendant appealed this order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The following day, the defendants moved to stay the district court proceedings pending the resolution of the appeal, and Judge Kovachevich granted this motion on August 26, 2013.

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014), a substantially similar case. In a 5-4 opinion by Justice Alito, the Court held that the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violated RFRA, when applied to closely-held for-profit corporations. 

Presumably based on this decision, the defendants moved to voluntarily dismiss the appeal, and this motion was granted on September 4, 2014.

Also in light of the decision, on February 9, 2015, the parties jointly submitted a Joint Motion for Entry of Injunction and Judgment, which stated that judgment should be entered in favor of the plaintiffs on their Religious Freedom Restoration Act claim, that a permanent injunction should be entered, and that all other claims against the defendants should be dismissed. On February 10, 2015, Judge Kovachevich issued a judgment accepting the parties' submission, and on February 11, 2015, judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiffs.

On July 22, 2015, the parties notified the court that they reached an agreement on attorneys' fees and costs, the terms of which are unknown. The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Mallory Jones (1/28/2014)

Elizabeth Greiter (11/16/2017)

Related Cases

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

People

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Judge(s)

Kovachevich, Elizabeth Anne (Florida)

Pizzo, Mark A. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Mersino, Erin Elizabeth (Michigan)

Richards, Scott (Florida)

Richardson, Scott P. (Arkansas)

Thompson, Richard (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bennett, Michele (District of Columbia)

Bentley, A. Lee III (Florida)

Branda, Joyce R. (District of Columbia)

Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Kovachevich, Elizabeth Anne (Florida)

Pizzo, Mark A. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Mersino, Erin Elizabeth (Michigan)

Richards, Scott (Florida)

Richardson, Scott P. (Arkansas)

Thompson, Richard (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bennett, Michele (District of Columbia)

Bentley, A. Lee III (Florida)

Branda, Joyce R. (District of Columbia)

Delery, Stuart F. (District of Columbia)

Gershengorn, Ian Heath (District of Columbia)

Kenneth, Michael (Florida)

Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)

O'neill, Robert E (District of Columbia)

Pollack, Michael Charles (District of Columbia)

Ricketts, Jennifer (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Bondi, Pamela Jo (Florida)

Gannam, Roger K. (Florida)

Kayanan, Maria (Florida)

Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)

MacMillan, Yvette Acosta (Florida)

Winship, Blaine H (Florida)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

July 22, 2015 Docket
10

Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Local Rule

May 13, 2013 Pleading / Motion / Brief
23

Amicus Curiae Brief of the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida in Opposition to the Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

May 28, 2013 Pleading / Motion / Brief
23

Defendant's Brief in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

May 28, 2013 Pleading / Motion / Brief
36

Memorandum of the State of Florida By Attorney General Pam Bondi, as Amicus Curiae in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

June 6, 2013 Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report
39

Order on Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction

960 F.Supp.2d 1328

June 25, 2013 Order/Opinion
45

Unopposed Motion to Stay Proceedings

Aug. 23, 2013 Pleading / Motion / Brief
46

Order on Defendants' Unopposed Motion for Stay

Aug. 26, 2013 Order/Opinion
49

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Beckwith Electric Co., Inc. v. Sebelius

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Sept. 5, 2014 Settlement Agreement
51

Joint Motion for Entry of Injunction and Judgment

Beckwith Electric Co., Inc. v. Sebelius

Feb. 9, 2015 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

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Docket

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Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

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COMPLAINT against Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury (Filing fee $ 350 receipt number TPA16274) filed by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(VCG) (Entered: 03/13/2013)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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March 12, 2013 RECAP
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SUMMONS issued as to Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury. (VCG) (Entered: 03/13/2013)

March 12, 2013 PACER
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STANDING ORDER: Filing of documents that exceed twenty-five pages. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 07/15/2008. (VCG) (Entered: 03/13/2013)

March 13, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for Erin Mersino to appear pro hac vice by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, Special Admission Certification)(Richards, Scott) Motions referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo. (Entered: 03/18/2013)

1 Exhibit A, Special Admission Certification

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March 18, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of designation under Local Rule 3.05 - Track 2 (CLM) (Entered: 03/19/2013)

March 19, 2013 PACER
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SUMMONS issued as to U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General. (VCG) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 19, 2013 PACER
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ORDER granting 4 motion for Erin Elizabeth Mersinoto appear pro hac vice on behalf of Plaintiffs. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo on 3/22/2013. (DK) (Entered: 03/22/2013)

March 22, 2013 PACER
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CERTIFICATE of interested persons and corporate disclosure statement by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.. (Richards, Scott) (Entered: 04/10/2013)

April 10, 2013 PACER
9

PROOF of service by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc. (Richards, Scott) (Entered: 05/13/2013)

May 13, 2013 PACER
10

MOTION for preliminary injunction by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, Declaration of Thomas Beckwith, # 2 Exhibit 2, Declaration of Joni Smith, # 3 Exhibit 1 to Exhibit 2)(Richards, Scott) (Entered: 05/13/2013)

1 Exhibit 1, Declaration of Thomas Beckwith

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2 Exhibit 2, Declaration of Joni Smith

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3 Exhibit 1 to Exhibit 2

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May 13, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION to extend time to Respond to Complaint by Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury. (Pollack, Michael) (Entered: 05/15/2013)

May 15, 2013 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER granting 11 Motion to extend time to respond to the complaint for 30 days following order on motion for preliminary injunction. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 5/20/2013. (SN) (Entered: 05/20/2013)

May 20, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of supplemental authority re 10 MOTION for preliminary injunction by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, Determination from Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation)(Richards, Scott) (Entered: 05/22/2013)

1 Exhibit A, Determination from Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation

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May 22, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Maria Kayanan on behalf of ACLU of Florida (Kayanan, Maria) (Entered: 05/23/2013)

May 23, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Yvette Acosta MacMillan on behalf of ACLU of Florida (Acosta MacMillan, Yvette) (Entered: 05/23/2013)

May 23, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for Jennifer Lee to appear pro hac vice by ACLU of Florida. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Acosta MacMillan, Yvette) Motions referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo. (Entered: 05/23/2013)

1 Exhibit A

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May 23, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for Daniel Mach to appear pro hac vice by ACLU of Florida. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Acosta MacMillan, Yvette) Motions referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo. (Entered: 05/23/2013)

1 Exhibit A

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May 23, 2013 PACER
18

MOTION to file amicus brief by ACLU of Florida. (Acosta MacMillan, Yvette) (Entered: 05/24/2013)

May 24, 2013 PACER
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Joint MOTION to extend time to meet and submit a Case Management Report by All Defendants. (Pollack, Michael) (Entered: 05/24/2013)

May 24, 2013 PACER
20

NOTICE of hearing on motion 10 MOTION for preliminary injunction. Motion Hearing set for 6/17/2013 at 10:30 AM in Tampa Courtroom 14 A before Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich. (CLM) (Entered: 05/28/2013)

May 28, 2013 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER granting 18 Motion to file amicus brief. The American Civil Liberties Union ("ACLU") and the ACLU of Florida may file an amicus curiae brief, which shall not exceed fifteen (15) pages, by no later than noon on June 4, 2013. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 5/28/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 05/28/2013)

May 28, 2013 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER granting 19 Motion to extend time. The parties shall submit a case management report within 30 days of the date the Court rules on the pending motion for preliminary injunction. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 5/28/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 05/28/2013)

May 28, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in opposition re 10 Motion for preliminary injunction by Amici ACLU filed by ACLU of Florida. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 6th Circuit Order)(Kayanan, Maria) (Entered: 05/28/2013)

1 Exhibit 6th Circuit Order

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May 28, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in opposition re 10 Motion for preliminary injunction filed by Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Autocam Sixth Circuit Order, # 2 Exhibit Eden Foods v. Sebelius, # 3 Exhibit Beckwith Electric Articles of Incorporation)(Pollack, Michael) (Entered: 05/28/2013)

1 Exhibit Autocam Sixth Circuit Order

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2 Exhibit Eden Foods v. Sebelius

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3 Exhibit Beckwith Electric Articles of Incorporation

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May 28, 2013 PACER
25

Emergency MOTION to Expedite Consideration of Preliminary Injunction Motion (Doc. No. 10) and/or Motion to Withdraw Oral Argument by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.. (Richards, Scott) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER directing Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury to respond to 25 Emergency MOTION to Expedite Consideration of Preliminary Injunction Motion (Doc. No. 10) and/or Motion to Withdraw Oral Argument. The response shall specifically address whether the parties are in agreement as to any of the requested relief, clarifying the Rule 3.01(g) certification in the emergency motion. The response is due by 9:00 a.m. on 5/30/2013. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 5/29/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER
27

RESPONSE to Motion re 25 Emergency MOTION to Expedite Consideration of Preliminary Injunction Motion (Doc. No. 10) and/or Motion to Withdraw Oral Argument filed by Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury. (Pollack, Michael) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER
28

MOTION to file amicus brief by The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Association of Christian Schools International, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Christian Legal Society, The C12 Group. (Gannam, Roger) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER
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APPEARANCE of non-resident counsel and designation of local counsel by Roger K. Gannam on behalf of Association of Christian Schools International, Christian Legal Society, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Prison Fellowship Ministries, The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, The C12 Group. Local Counsel: Roger K. Gannam. Non-Resident Counsel: Kimberlee Wood Colby. (Gannam, Roger) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER
30

ORDER granting 16 motion to appear pro hac vice; granting 17 motion to appear pro hac vice. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo on 5/29/2013. (DK) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER
31

ORDER denying 25 Motion to Expedite. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 5/30/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 05/30/2013)

May 30, 2013 PACER
32

ENDORSED ORDER granting 28 Motion to file amicus brief. The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Association of Christian Schools International, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Christian Legal Society, and the C12 Group may file a collective amici curiae brief, which shall not exceed fifteen (15) pages, by no later than noon on June 4, 2013. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 5/31/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 05/31/2013)

May 31, 2013 PACER
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PLAINTIFF'S BRIEF re 32 Order on motion to file amicus brief filed by Association of Christian Schools International, Christian Legal Society, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, Prison Fellowship Ministries, The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, The C12 Group, National Association of Evangelicals. (Gannam, Roger) (Entered: 06/04/2013)

June 4, 2013 PACER
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MOTION for leave to file AMICUS MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF PLANTIFFS' MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION by State of Florida, Office of the Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit MEMORANDUM)(Winship, Blaine) (Entered: 06/05/2013)

1 Exhibit MEMORANDUM

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June 5, 2013 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER granting 34 Motion for Leave to File. The State of Florida, through the Office of the Attorney General, is permitted to file the amicus curiae brief that is attached as Exhibit 1 to the motion. The State of Florida must refile the amicus brief as a separate document. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 6/6/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 06/06/2013)

June 6, 2013 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in support re 10 Motion for preliminary injunction filed by State of Florida, Office of the Attorney General. (Winship, Blaine) (Entered: 06/06/2013)

June 6, 2013 PACER
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Minute Entry. Proceedings held before Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich: MOTION HEARING held on 6/17/2013 re 10 MOTION for preliminary injunction filed by Beckwith Electric Co., Inc., Thomas R. Beckwith. Court Reporter: Sandra K. Provenzano (CLM) (Entered: 06/17/2013)

June 17, 2013 PACER
38

NOTICE by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc. of Clarification to Record (Pizzo, Paul) (Entered: 06/19/2013)

June 19, 2013 PACER
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ORDER granting 10 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. The government is enjoined from enforcing the contraceptive mandate consistent with the terms of this order. Plaintiffs are required to post a bond in the amount of $75,000.00. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 6/25/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 06/25/2013)

June 25, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION to extend time to Respond to Complaint and Prepare Case Management Report by All Defendants. (Pollack, Michael) (Entered: 07/11/2013)

July 11, 2013 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER granting 40 Motion to extend time. The Case Management Report and response to the Complaint must be served and filed no later than September 2, 2013. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 7/12/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 07/12/2013)

July 12, 2013 PACER
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Injunction BOND in the amount of $ 75,000.00 posted by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc. (DMS) (Entered: 07/18/2013)

July 18, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE OF APPEAL as to 39 Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction by Seth D. Harris, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury. (Pollack, Michael) (Entered: 08/22/2013)

Aug. 22, 2013 PACER
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TRANSMITTAL of initial appeal package to USCA consisting of copies of notice of appeal, docket sheet, order/judgment being appealed, and motion, if applicable to USCA re 43 Notice of appeal. (VCG) (Entered: 08/23/2013)

Aug. 23, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION to stay district court proceedings pending appeal by All Defendants. (Pollack, Michael) (Entered: 08/23/2013)

Aug. 23, 2013 PACER
46

ORDER granting 45 motion to stay. This case is stayed until further order of this Court. The Clerk of Court is ordered to administratively close this case. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 8/26/2013. (JPS) (Entered: 08/26/2013)

Aug. 26, 2013 PACER
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Notice of substitution of AUSA. Michele Bennett substituting for Michael C. Pollack. (Bennett, Michele) (Entered: 05/21/2014)

May 21, 2014 PACER
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NOTICE of change of address by Roger K. Gannam (Gannam, Roger) (Entered: 08/12/2014)

Aug. 12, 2014 PACER
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ORDER of USCA: Motion to dismiss appeal without prejudice filed by Appellants U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor is GRANTED as to 43 Notice of appeal filed by United States Department of the Treasury, Kathleen Sebelius, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Seth D. Harris, United States Department of Labor, Jack Lew. EOD: 9/4/14; USCA number: 13-13879-V. (JNB) (Entered: 09/05/2014)

Sept. 5, 2014 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER for a status report. The appeal in this case has been dismissed but the case remains administratively closed. The parties have up to and including 2/9/15 to inform the court of what if anything remains to be done in this case and if the case should be taken out of administrative closure and should proceed forward. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 1/23/2015. (SN) (Entered: 01/23/2015)

Jan. 23, 2015 PACER
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Joint MOTION to Approve Consent Judgment by All Defendants. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Bennett, Michele) (Entered: 02/09/2015)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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Feb. 9, 2015 PACER
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ORDER granting 51 Motion to Approve Consent Judgment and for entry of judgment. See order for details. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case and to terminate any pending motions. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 2/10/2015. (SN) (Entered: 02/10/2015)

Feb. 10, 2015 PACER
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JUDGMENT in favor of Beckwith Electric Co., Inc., Thomas R. Beckwith against United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, United States Department of the Treasury, Jack Lew, Kathleen Sebelius, Seth D. Harris (Signed by Deputy Clerk) (LD) (Entered: 02/11/2015)

Feb. 11, 2015 PACER
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STATUS report Joint Status Report by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 04/09/2015)

April 9, 2015 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER that the parties have up to and including May 25, 2015 to further negotiate attorneys' fees and costs and to file a joint statement notifying the Court of their progress on that date. If no settlement is reached at that time, then the Plaintiffs may file a motion for attorneys' fees and costs within thirty days of May 25, 2015, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 4/10/2015. (SN) (Entered: 04/10/2015)

April 10, 2015 PACER
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STATUS report (Joint) by Kathleen Sebelius, Seth D. Harris, United States Department of the Treasury, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Labor, Jack Lew. (Bennett, Michele) (Entered: 05/22/2015)

May 22, 2015 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER granting request in docket 56 for an extension up to and including 6/22/15 to allow the parties to attempt to settle the attorney's fee issues or file a motion within 30 days of the 6/22/15 date. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 5/26/2015. (SN) (Entered: 05/26/2015)

May 26, 2015 PACER
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STATUS report (Joint) by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 06/22/2015)

June 22, 2015 PACER
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ENDORSED ORDER granting request in 58 Status report filed by Beckwith Electric Co., Inc., Thomas R. Beckwith for extension of time until 7/22/15. Signed by Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on 6/23/2015. (SN) (Entered: 06/23/2015)

June 23, 2015 PACER
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STATUS report (Joint) by Thomas R. Beckwith, Beckwith Electric Co., Inc.. (Mersino, Erin) (Entered: 07/22/2015)

July 22, 2015 PACER

State / Territory: Florida

Case Type(s):

Speech and Religious Freedom

Special Collection(s):

Contraception Insurance Mandate

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 12, 2013

Closing Date: 2015

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A for-profit corporation that believed that the ACA's contraception coverage mandate 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

U.S. Department of Health (Washington), Federal

U.S. Department of Labor (Washington), Federal

U.S. Department of the 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.

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Equal Protection

Establishment Clause

Free Exercise Clause

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Voluntary Dismissal

Order Duration: 2013 - None

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief granted

Issues

General:

Contraception

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

Type of Facility:

Non-government for profit