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Hobby Lobby TRO

Hobby Lobby TRO

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a federal court has ordered the government not to enforce the HHS abortion-drug mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc
a federal court has ordered the government not to enforce the HHS abortion-drug mandate against Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THEWESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
HOBBY LOBBY STORES, INC.,
et al.
,))Plaintiffs, )vs. )NO. CIV-12-1000-HE)KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, in her official )capacity as the Secretary of the United )States Department of Health and Human )Services,
et al.
, ))Defendants. )
ORDER
This case is before the court on plaintiffs’ Emergency Application for Ruling onPending Preliminary Injunction or in the Alternative Temporary Restraining Order [Dkt.#68]. The court, having reviewed the pleadings and heard arguments from counsel viatelephone conference held this date, hereby
GRANTS
plaintiffs’ application for a temporaryrestraining order pending a hearing on plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction.The court concludes plaintiffs have made a sufficient showing to warrant the issuanceof a temporary restraining order in the circumstances existing here. Plaintiffs have shownthat 42 U.S.C. § 300gg-13(a)(4) will take effect against the companies Monday, July 1, 2013,triggering significant penalties under 26 U.S.C. §§ 4980D & 4980H, absent intervention bythe court. The Court of Appeals has held that “Hobby Lobby and Mardel have established a likely violation of RFRA,” 42 U.S.C. §2000bb
et seq.
, and that “establishing a likely RFRAviolation satisfies the irreparable harm factor.” Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, No.12-6294 (10th Cir. June 27, 2013), slip op. at 65. Plaintiffs have made a sufficient showing
Case 5:12-cv-01000-HE Document 69 Filed 06/28/13 Page 1 of 3
 
as to the remaining elements necessary to the issuance of a temporary restraining order (weighing of the relative harms and whether injunctive relief is in the public interest) pendinga further hearing, based on those aspects of plaintiffs’ showing referenced by a plurality of the appellate judges as to those factors.Accordingly, the defendants, their agents, officers, and employees are temporarily
ENJOINED
and 
RESTRAINED
from any effort to apply or enforce, as to plaintiffs, thesubstantive requirements imposed in 42 U.S.C. § 300gg-13(a)(4) and at issue in this case, or the penalties related thereto, pending a hearing on plaintiffs’ motion for preliminaryinjunction.Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction will be heard on
July 19, 2013, at 9:00a.m.
, in Courtroom No. 304. Absent further order of the court, the hearing will be in thenature of oral argument directed to the sufficiency of the showing previously made by the parties. Any party seeking leave to offer additional evidence shall do so by motion and supporting brief filed not later than
July 3, 2013
. Any response to such a motion shall befiled by
July 10, 2013
.The parties are
ORDERED
to confer, through counsel, in advance of the hearing todetermine whether, in light of the Court of Appeals decision and other pertinentcircumstances, an agreed resolution is possible as to the preliminary relief sought by plaintiffs. The parties should also be prepared to address at the hearing an appropriatescheduling order to govern further proceedings in the case.
Case 5:12-cv-01000-HE Document 69 Filed 06/28/13 Page 2 of 3

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