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Hobby Lobby asks for stay in birth-control lawsuit

Attorneys for both sides in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s lawsuit challenging the federal health care law are asking a judge to stay proceedings as a federal appeals court considers the case.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 11, 2012
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Attorneys for both sides in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s lawsuit challenging the federal health care law are asking a judge to stay proceedings as a federal appeals court considers the case.

Hobby Lobby and the federal government filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to stay proceedings until the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals weighs in.

Hobby Lobby is asking the 10th Circuit to block part of the law that requires the arts and crafts company to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception pills.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton rejected Hobby Lobby's request for a preliminary injunction to stop the government from enforcing the law. The judge ruled that Hobby Lobby is not a religious organization and should be subject to the mandate, taking effect Jan. 1.


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