Case: CNS International Ministries, Inc. v. Sebelius

2:12-cv-00081 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Filed Date: Nov. 20, 2012

Closed Date: 2012

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Case Summary

On November 20, 2012, the CNS International Ministries filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to declare as unconstitutional and permanently enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal co…

On November 20, 2012, the CNS International Ministries filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to declare as unconstitutional and permanently enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage to employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Specifically, CNS International Ministries contended that compliance with the contraception coverage requirement violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

On November 27, 2012, the CNS International Ministries voluntarily dismissed all claims without prejudice. On November 28, 2012, the court (Judge Rodney W. Sippel) ordered the dismissal.

On June 14, 2013, CNS International Ministries were added as plaintiffs in Sharpe Holding, Inc. v. Sebeliusk (2:12-cv-00092-DDN).

Summary Authors

Richard Jolly (3/5/2014)

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Sharpe Holdings, Inc. v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Servs., Eastern District of Missouri (2012)

People


Judge(s)

Sippel, Rodney W. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Belz, Timothy (Missouri)

Judge(s)

Sippel, Rodney W. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Belz, Timothy (Missouri)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

CNS International Ministries, Inc. v. United States Department

Nov. 28, 2012 Docket
1

Complaint

CNS International Ministries, Inc. v. United States Department

Nov. 20, 2012 Complaint
2

Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice

CNS International Ministries, Inc. v. United States Department

Nov. 27, 2012 Notice Letter
2

Order of Dismissal Pursuant to Notice of Dismissal

CNS International Ministries, Inc. v. United States Department

Nov. 28, 2012 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against defendant All Defendants with receipt number 0865−3565829, in the amount of $350 Non−Jury Demand, filed by CNS International Ministries, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Original Filing Form)(Belz, Timothy) Modified on 11/21/2012 (DLB). (Entered:

Nov. 20, 2012

***REMARK − Summons not attached to complaint. Counsel notified. Process to be issued when summons received. (DLB) (Entered: 11/21/2012)

Nov. 21, 2012
2

NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal by CNS International Ministries, Inc. (Belz, Timothy) (Entered: 11/27/2012)

Nov. 27, 2012
3

ORDER OF DISMISSAL pursuant to notice of dismissal 2 filed on 11/27/12.. Signed by District Judge Rodney W. Sippel on 11/28/12. (LGK) (Entered: 11/28/2012)

Nov. 28, 2012

State / Territory: Missouri

Case Type(s):

Speech and Religious Freedom

Special Collection(s):

Contraception Insurance Mandate

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 20, 2012

Closing Date: 2012

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

CNS International Ministries, Inc. is a Missouri non-profit corporation

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

United States Department of Labor, Federal

United States Department of Health Services , Federal

United States Department of the Treasury, 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):

Free Exercise Clause

Establishment Clause

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Order Duration: 2012 - 2012

Issues

General:

Contraception

Religious programs / policies

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

Type of Facility:

Non-government non-profit