Monday, March 09, 2015

Supreme Court GVRs Notre Dame's Appeal In Contraceptive Mandate Challenge

As previously reported, in October Notre Dame University filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in its challenge to the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate as applied to religious non-profits.  However instead of seeking full review of the 7th Circuit's decision, the petition asked the Court to issue a so-called GVR order. Today the Supreme Court did just that.  In University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, (Docket No. 14-392) (Order List), the Court issued the following order:
The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for further consideration in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 573 U. S. ___ (2014). 
[Thanks to Marty Lederman vial Religionlaw for the lead.]