Friday, June 27, 2014

Christian College Denied Relief Against Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Accommodation

In Wheaton College v. Burwell, (ND IL, June 23, 2014), an Illinois federal district court refused to grant a preliminary injunction to a Christian liberal arts college that objects to complying with the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate accommodation for religious non-profits.  It concluded that the 7th Circuit's decision in University of Notre Dame v. Sebelius (see prior posting) is controlling on it:
Because the majority opinion in Notre Dame stands squarely in the path of the principal relief that Plaintiff seeks, Plaintiff cannot demonstrate the requisite likelihood of success on the merits of its claims.
The court added however that if the Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Hobby Lobby calls into question any material aspect of the Notre Dame decision, any party may file a motion for reconsideration.