Michigan company gains court victory against HHS mandate
CWN - March 18, 2013
A federal district court judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the HHS mandate against Domino’s Farms, a Michigan property-management company wholly owned by Tom Monaghan.
Monaghan founded Domino’s Pizza in 1960 and sold it in 1998. He later served as chancellor of Ave Maria University.
“Plaintiffs have shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden their exercise of religion,” ruled Judge Lawrence Zatkoff, a Reagan appointee. “The Government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest. Moreover, the harm of carving out, at least temporarily, an additional exemption for an organization with less than 100 employees can hardly be considered a significant or ‘irreparable’ harm to the Government.”
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