__ U.S. __ (2016), 14-1418, Zubik v. Burwell

Docket Nº:14-1418, 14-1453, 14-1505, 15-35, 15-105, 15-119, 15-191
Citation:__ U.S. __, 136 S.Ct. 1557, 194 L.Ed.2d 696, 84 U.S.L.W. 4257
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM.
Party Name:DAVID A. ZUBIK, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.; PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.; ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.; EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVER...
Attorney:Noel Francisco argued the cause for petitioners (Nos. 14-1418, 14-1453, & 14-150). Paul D. Clement argued the cause for petitioners (Nos. 15-35, 15-105, 15-119 & 15-191). Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. argued the cause for respondent.
Judge Panel:Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan. JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with whom JUSTICE GINSBURG joins, concurring.
Case Date:May 16, 2016
Court:United States Supreme Court
 
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136 S.Ct. 1557, 194 L.Ed.2d 696, 84 U.S.L.W. 4257, 26 Fla.L.Weekly Fed. S 127

DAVID A. ZUBIK, ET AL., PETITIONERS

v.

SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.;

PRIESTS FOR LIFE, ET AL., PETITIONERS

v.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.;

ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF WASHINGTON, ET AL., PETITIONERS

v.

SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.;

EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, ET AL., PETITIONERS

v.

SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.;

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR HOME FOR THE AGED, DENVER, COLORADO, ET AL., PETITIONERS

v.

SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.;

SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, ET AL., PETITIONERS

v.

SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL.;

AND

GENEVA COLLEGE, PETITIONER

v.

SYLVIA BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL

Nos. 14-1418, 14-1453, 14-1505, 15-35, 15-105, 15-119, 15-191

United States Supreme Court

May 16, 2016

ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT

Noel Francisco argued the cause for petitioners (Nos. 14-1418, 14-1453, & 14-150).

Paul D. Clement argued the cause for petitioners (Nos. 15-35, 15-105, 15-119 & 15-191).

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. argued the cause for respondent.

Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan.

OPINION

[194 L.Ed.2d 697] PER CURIAM.

Petitioners are primarily nonprofit organizations that provide health insurance to their employees. Federal regulations require petitioners to cover certain contraceptives as part of [194 L.Ed.2d 698] their health plans, unless petitioners submit a form either to their insurer or to the Federal Government, stating that they object on religious grounds to providing contraceptive coverage. Petitioners allege that submitting this notice substantially burdens the exercise of their religion, in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, 107 Stat. 1488, 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb et seq.

Following oral argument, the Court requested supplemental briefing from the parties addressing " whether contraceptive coverage could be provided to petitioners' employees, through petitioners' insurance companies, without any such notice from petitioners." Post, p. ___, 194 L.Ed.2d 599. Both petitioners and the Government now confirm that such an option is feasible. Petitioners have clarified that their religious exercise is not infringed where they " need to do...

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