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U.S. SC declines to hear university's case over health care law

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law by a private, Christian university.

Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., sued over the health care law in 2010.

The university argues that the law's employer coverage provisions are unconstitutional, and its individual and employer mandates violate its freedom of religion.

The nation's high court declined to hear arguments in the case, Liberty University, et al. v. Lew, et al., according to an order list Monday.

Liberty filed its petition for a writ of certiorari with the court in September.

The court did not provide any comment, leaving intact a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissing the university's lawsuit.

However, the court agreed last week to hear arguments from two companies that say they should be able to claim religious exemptions from the health care law's contraceptive mandate.

The court granted petitions for writs of certiorari in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, according to an order list Tuesday.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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