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Judge dismisses diocese’s suit against HHS mandate, chides government

Catholic World News - March 05, 2013

A US district court judge in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Diocese of Dallas against the HHS mandate.

Judge Jane Boyle, appointed to the bench by the second President Bush, ruled that the case was not yet ripe for review.

Although she dismissed the case, Judge Boyle chided the Obama administration, whose attorneys stated that the diocese would not be harmed by the mandate:

The Court concludes that the government’s unimpressive representations that the current regulations will never be enforced against Plaintiff and that amended regulations will be issued and will likely address Plaintiff’s concerns are too broad, unspecific, and unsupported to entice this Court to conclude that Plaintiffs will not be imminently injured upon enforcement of the current regulations.

“Plaintiff will be able to raise its claims in the future, when a regulation is final or when enforcement is initiated, and Plaintiff has an opportunity to participate in the amendment process now,” she added.

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