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Little Sisters of the Poor Obamacare Filing

Little Sisters of the Poor Obamacare Filing

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ORAL ARGUMENT REQUESTED No. 13-1540
In the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
L
ITTLE
S
ISTERS OF THE
P
OOR
H
OME FOR THE
A
GED
,
 
D
ENVER 
,
 
C
OLORADO
,
 
a Colorado non-profit corporation,
 
L
ITTLE
S
ISTERS OF THE
P
OOR 
,
 
B
ALTIMORE
,
 
I
 NC
.,
 
a Maryland non- profit corporation,
 
 by themselves and on behalf of all others similarly situated,
 
C
HRISTIAN
B
ROTHERS
S
ERVICES
,
 
an Illinois non-profit corporation, and 
 
C
HRISTIAN
B
ROTHERS
E
MPLOYEE
B
ENEFIT
T
RUST
,
 Appellants,
v.
ATHLEEN
S
EBELIUS
, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, U
 NITED
S
TATES
D
EPARTMENT OF
H
EALTH AND
H
UMAN
S
ERVICES
, T
HOMAS
P
EREZ
, Secretary of the United States Department of Labor, U
 NITED
S
TATES
D
EPARTMENT OF
L
ABOR 
, J
ACOB
J.
 
L
EW
, Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury, and U
 NITED
S
TATES
D
EPARTMENT OF THE
T
REASURY
,
 Appellees
.
On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Colorado Judge William J. Martinez Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-02611-WJM-BNB BRIEF OF APPELLANTS
Mark L. Rienzi Carl C. Scherz Daniel Blomberg Seth Roberts Adèle Auxier Keim L
OCKE
L
ORD
LLP T
HE
B
ECKET
F
UND FOR
ELIGIOUS
L
IBERTY
 2200
 
OSS
A
VENUE
,
 
S
UITE
2200 3000 K Street, N.W., Suite 220 Dallas, Texas 75201 Washington, D.C. 20007 (214) 740-8583 (202) 349-7209 Kevin C. Walsh Univ. of Richmond Law School 28 Westhampton Way Richmond, VA (804) 287-6018
 Attorneys for Appellants
Appellate Case: 13-1540 Document: 01019207402 Date Filed: 02/24/2014 Page: 1
 
i
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26.1, Appellants each represent that they do not have any parent entities and do not issue stock. Respectfully submitted, /s/
 Mark Rienzi
 Mark Rienzi T
HE
B
ECKET
F
UND FOR
ELIGIOUS
L
IBERTY
 3000 K Street, N.W., Suite 220 Washington, D.C. 20007 (202) 349-7209 mrienzi@becketfund.org
 Attorney for Appellant
Dated: February 24, 2014
Appellate Case: 13-1540 Document: 01019207402 Date Filed: 02/24/2014 Page: 2
 
ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT .......................................................... i
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS .......................................................................................... ii
 
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................................................... iv
 
PRIOR AND RELATED APPEALS ........................................................................ x
 
JURISDICTIONAL STATEMENT .......................................................................... 1
 
STATEMENT OF THE ISSUES............................................................................... 2
 
STATEMENT OF THE CASE .................................................................................. 4
 
Introduction ................................................................................................................ 4
 
Background ................................................................................................................ 8
 
I. The Little Sisters, Christian Brothers, and Their Shared Religious Exercise ................................................................................. 8
 
II. The Mandate ........................................................................................ 11
 
A. “Exempt” Employers ................................................................ 12
 
B. “Non-Exempt” Employers and EBSA Form 700 ..................... 13
 
III. Appellants’ Religious Objections to the Mandate .............................. 17
 
IV. Procedural History ............................................................................... 19
 
SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT ...................................................................... 24
 
LEGAL STANDARDS ........................................................................................... 26
 
ARGUMENT ........................................................................................................... 27
 
I. The Little Sisters and Christian Brothers are likely to succeed on their RFRA claims .......................................................................... 27
Appellate Case: 13-1540 Document: 01019207402 Date Filed: 02/24/2014 Page: 3

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