Thursday, December 05, 2013

District Court Issues Preliminary Injunction To Await SCOTUS Contraceptive Mandate Decision

In Randy Reed Automotive Inc. v. Sebelius, (WD MO, Dec. 3, 2013), a Missouri federal district court, with agreement of both parties, issued a preliminary injunction in a small business RFRA challenge to the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate.  The injunction is effective until 30 days after the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases in which it recently granted certiorari to decide similar challenges. The complaint (full text) in Randy Reed Automotive, a challenge by several Missouri automotive dealerships and their Christian owner, was originally filed on Oct. 18, 2013. Kansas City Business Journal reports on the district court's ruling.