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Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, 13-1144

In an action alleging that regulations promulgated by defendants, which require group health plans and health insurance issuers to provide coverage for contraceptives, violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, the district court's denial of plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction is affirmed, where: 1) a for-profit, secular corporation cannot assert a claim under the Free Exercise Clause; 2) a for-profit, secular corporation cannot engage in the exercise of religion and therefore cannot it cannot assert a claim under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; 3) the individual owners of plaintiff do not have viable claims because the mandate is imposed on plaintiff; and thus, 4) plaintiff is not entitled to a preliminary injunction.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/26/2013
  • Published 07/26/2013

Judges

  • COWEN

Court

  • United States Third Circuit

Counsel

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