Hobby Lobby won a major victory in its challenge of the federal HHS contraceptive mandate this week. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Hobby Lobby showed sufficient evidence that it can succeed in its claim that the HHS mandate imposes a substantial burden upon its First Amendment rights.
Finding that a closely held family business could exercise religion, the 10th Circuit ruled that the trial court erred in dismissing Hobby Lobby’s request for a preliminary injunction. The case now goes back to the trial court for a final ruling on whether to grant Hobby Lobby injunctive relief. Without an injunction being granted, Hobby Lobby will face stiff fines starting July 1.