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Liberty University v. Lew

Petition for certiorari denied on December 2, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-306 4th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: (1) Whether Congress has the authority under the Commerce Clause to force employers to buy or provide employees with government defined health insurance at a rate the government defines as affordable with no option to discontinue coverage without facing excessive punitive fines; (2) whether Congress has authority under the Taxing and Spending Clause to impose excessive punitive fines on employers enforced by the Departments of Treasury and Labor for failing or refusing to buy or provide government defined health insurance at a rate the government defines as affordable with no option to discontinue coverage without facing excessive punitive fines; (3) whether the Employer Mandate and its implementing regulations violate the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion Clause by forcing religious employers to buy or provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees despite their sincerely-held religious beliefs that prevent them from doing so; (4) whether the Individual Mandate violates the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion Clause by forcing certain individuals to make a monthly payment that directly funds abortion contrary to their sincerely-held religious beliefs that prevent them from doing so; and (5) whether the Fourth Circuit erred when it refused to review the Employer Mandate and its implementing regulations as they existed at the time of the Circuit Court’s review, which included regulatory definitions of preventive care services that Congress determined had to be provided as part of minimum essential health insurance coverage, which include, inter alia, that employers must buy or provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees.

DateProceedings and Orders
Sep 5 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 9, 2013)
Oct 4 2013Order extending time to file response to petition to and including November 8, 2013.
Oct 9 2013Brief amicus curiae of American Civil Rights Union filed.
Oct 9 2013Brief amici curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, et al. filed.
Oct 9 2013Brief amici curiae of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., et al. filed.
Oct 9 2013Brief amicus curiae of Foundation for Moral Law filed.
Oct 21 2013Brief of respondents Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, et al. in opposition filed.
Nov 1 2013Reply of petitioners Liberty University, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Nov 4 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 26, 2013.
Dec 2 2013Petition DENIED.
 
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