Timeline

The Case

June 2014

» The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.

March 2014

» U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (previously Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores) on March 25 to determine whether the government has the power to force family business owners to act against their faith based solely on their companies’ form of organization

November 2013

» U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (previously Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores), a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions

October 2013

» Hobby Lobby files a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, agreeing with the federal government that the U.S. Supreme Court should hear its case as it raises important questions about the right to religious freedom

September 2013

» Federal government appeals the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case to the U.S. Supreme Court

July 2013

» U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma grants Hobby Lobby its  preliminary injunction against the federal mandate

June 2013

» U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit overturns the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma’s denial of Hobby Lobby’s preliminary injunction and  orders the federal government to halt enforcement of the federal mandate against Hobby Lobby

» U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit remands the case back to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

March 2013

»U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit grants Hobby Lobby a full court hearing of its case, rather than the usual three-judge panel

February 2013

» Nine U.S. Senators and two U.S. Representatives, along with the Oklahoma Attorney General and eleven other influential groups file Friend-Of-The-Court Briefs supporting Hobby Lobby’s legal challenge to the federal mandate

December 2012

» U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denies emergency relief

November 2012

» U.S.  District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma denies Hobby Lobby’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt the enforcement of the federal mandate

» Hobby Lobby appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit for emergency relief from the federal mandate

September 2012

» Hobby Lobby files suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma over the federal mandate to provide four specific potentially life-terminating drugs and devices

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