A panel of nine federal appeals court judges will hear oral arguments in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s fight against part of the Affordable Care Act on May 23 in Denver.
On Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hobby Lobby's request to speed up legal proceedings in the case.
The Oklahoma City retailer faces potential fines of up to $1.3 million a day beginning in July for failing to comply with part of the new health care law that requires the company to cover the cost of emergency contraceptives for workers through its employee health plan.
Hobby Lobby founder David Green and his family believe some types of emergency contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, are forms of abortion, which conflicts with the family's Christian religious beliefs.
The federal government argues that constitutional rights to religious freedom do not apply to Hobby Lobby because the company is a secular, for-profit corporation