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CBA HHS LAWSUIT #1
On March 12, 2014, the Catholic Benefits Association and the Catholic Insurance Company, along with several Association members, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, along with a motion for preliminary injunction seeking relief for all CBA members from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive/abortifacient mandate (“Mandate”).
Late on June 4, 2014, the Court granted the CBA’s motion and issued a preliminary injunction protecting the Association’s current employer members from the Mandate. The Court’s Order also “enjoined and restrained” the relevant federal departments, “their agents, officers, and employees, and all other in active concert or participation with them . . . from any effort to apply or enforce” the Mandate against the Association’s current members.
On December 3, 2014, the Court granted the CBA’s Uncontested Motion to Clarify Preliminary Injunction to make clear that the injunction also protected the CBA members’ insurers and third party administrators from any governmental enforcement action against them.
On May 28, 2015, the Court adopted a simplified procedure that allows the Association to return to the court periodically to ask that the preliminary injunction be extended to the Association’s newest members. Since then, the court has granted the Association’ motions to extend the preliminary injunction on four separate occasions.
On July 21, 2017, the CBA, impatient with the lack of progress from the Trump Administration, filed a motion in the Tenth Circuit asking the Court to recognize that HHS has concluded that the CASC Mandate is illegal, and thus the DOJ’s appeal serves no purpose. The CBA’s motion prompted DOJ to file its first brief on the merits in a CASC Mandate case since President Trump’s inauguration.
CBA HHS LAWSUIT #2
Responding to the Court’s suggestion, the Association filed a second lawsuit on July 1, 2014, in order to seek emergency relief for Catholic employers that joined the Association after the Court’s June 4, 2014, preliminary injunction. Later that day, the Court granted the Association’s motion, extending relief to the Association’s newest members “consistent with the Order issued on June 4, 2014.” The court’s temporary restraining order stayed in place until the court granted the Association’s motion for preliminary injunction on December 29, 2014.