U.S. Supreme Court Orders Autocam Case to Be Re-Decided in Light of Religious Liberty

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August 5th, 2014 by

Thomas More Society anticipates victory for Autocam against HHS Mandate

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(August 5, 2014 – Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court officially vacated the 6th Circuit’s decision that denied Autocam Corporation and its owners protection against governmental violation of Constitutionally protected religious freedoms. The case has now been sent back to the lower court, following the decision in the Hobby Lobby case, argued on comparable merit.

“We believe that our clients are plainly entitled to relief under the Supreme Court’s decision, and as a result, the case should be resolved in the Court of Appeals,” stated Patrick T. Gillen, Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society. “I am confident that the Sixth Circuit will allow the Kennedy family to conduct business in a manner that is true to their sincerely held religious beliefs, including their practice of providing generous wages and award-winning health benefits to their employees.”

The Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm, had petitioned the high court to review and reverse the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision. That ruling reasoned that conducting business for profit is somehow wholly divorced from the religious beliefs of the business or its owners. The Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Hobby Lobby invalidated the 6th Circuit’s rationale.

The United States Supreme Court’s remand order in the Autocam case can be found here. Additional background on the case available here.

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