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Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, et al. v. Sebelius, et al. Brief of Appellants

Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, et al. v. Sebelius, et al. Brief of Appellants

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Appellate Brief of the Little Sisters of the Poor to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, seeking among other things, review of the District Court of Colorado’s decision denying a preliminary injunction.
Appellate Brief of the Little Sisters of the Poor to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, seeking among other things, review of the District Court of Colorado’s decision denying a preliminary injunction.

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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
1 of 99
 
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
2 of 99
 
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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