Hobby Lobby Can't Block New ACA Rules, Judge Says

Law360, New York (November 19, 2014, 6:12 PM EST) -- An Oklahoma federal judge on Tuesday refused to require that new Affordable Care Act regulations related to birth control be proven valid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision before they can take effect, saying that they weren’t at issue in the high-profile case.

The move by U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton means that Christian crafts chain Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. will have to return to court if it wants to challenge revised regulations implementing the ACA’s contraception mandate. Hobby Lobby had hoped to require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to first show that the new regulations...

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