Newsok.com : What's next? Oklahoma employers cite Hobby Lobby decision in their own lawsuits

July 1, 2014: Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s victory this week at the U.S. Supreme Court over contraceptives coverage mandates in the Affordable Care Act could affect several other Oklahoma employers who still have pending lawsuits challenging the mandate.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s victory this week at the U.S. Supreme Court over contraceptives coverage mandates in the Affordable Care Act could affect several other Oklahoma employers who still have pending lawsuits challenging the mandate.

 

While the Supreme Court’s five-to-four decision — which found that some companies are entitled to the same religious freedoms as their owners — was limited to closely held, for-profit corporations, the ruling could have much broader legal consequences, said Kevin Gordon, president of the Oklahoma law firm Crowe & Dunlevy, who is also chairman of the firm’s healthcare litigation group.

“While the Supreme Court majority opinion went out of the way to say that this only applies to for-profit, closely held corporations that have a religious code by which they operate their businesses, it left the door open to extending it to other companies — including for-profit publicly traded companies, even though it is unlikely such companies would have a consistent religious doctrine, the door is definitely open to that,” Gordon said.

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