CASENewland v. Burwell

Client Story
Newland Family

As “one of America's most efficient and dependable” manufacturers and wholesale distributors of HVAC sheet metal products and equipment, you’d think that the government would want to encourage and protect family-owned, successful companies like Hercules Industries. But the Newland family’s five decade legacy almost ended with being driven out of business because of their faith.


 

Growing up in the Great Depression, William E. Newland knew what it was like to go without. He founded Hercules Industries in Denver in 1962, and today, it is one of the largest companies of its type in the Western and Midwestern United States. With four manufacturing facilities and twelve sales and distribution centers, Hercules employs hundreds of people. 

Even during tough economic times, they’ve always offered extensive benefits -- the best in the industry. And through their employee led “Metal of Honor” fund, they’ve contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities and the community.

The company is still owned and managed by members of the Newland family: William Newland, Paul Newland, James Newland, and Christine Ketterhagen, and its vice-president, Andrew Newland. As practicing Catholics, they desire to run the company in a manner that reflects their religious faith, including their belief that God requires respect for the sanctity of human life.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represented the Newlands in a
federal lawsuit  against the Obama administration over its mandate that forces the family-owned business to violate its religious convictions by requiring it to offer insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.

Because Hercules Industries would be required to begin offering the new coverage when its self-insured plan renews on Nov. 1, the case requested a court order that would halt the mandate within the next three months. The District Court allowed the Newlands an exemption to the mandate, but it was appealed by the Obama administration, claiming that 
people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business. Fortunately, the 10th circuit upheld the District Court’s decision, and at least for now, the Newlands are free to run their business according to their faith-based values.



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Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing the Newland family, which owns and operates private HVAC manufacturer Hercules Industries, have filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration over its mandate that forces the family-owned business to violate its religious beliefs by requiring it to offer insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.
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Court Title Date
Trial Court
District court opinion accompanying permanent injunction Mar 16 2015
Trial Court
Permanent injunction order Mar 16 2015
Appellate Court
10th Circuit opinion upholding preliminary injunction Oct 03 2013
Appellate Court
Appellees’ supplemental brief Aug 05 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - Medical professionals Mar 01 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - United States Justice Foundation Mar 01 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - Archdiocese of Denver, Diocese of Pueblo, Diocese of Colorado Springs Mar 01 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - Bart Stupak and Democrats for Life of America Mar 01 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, Bioethics Defense Fund, Life Legal Defense Foundation Mar 01 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - Christian Legal Society and others Mar 01 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - Eagle Forum Mar 01 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation Feb 27 2013
Appellate Court
Amicus brief - American Center for Law and Justice Feb 25 2013
Appellate Court
Appellees’ opening brief Feb 22 2013
Appellate Court
DOJ opening brief on appeal Jan 18 2013
Trial Court
DOJ's notice of appeal of preliminary injunction Sep 25 2012
Trial Court
Response in opposition to motion to dismiss Aug 30 2012
Trial Court
Preliminary injunction order Jul 27 2012
Trial Court
Preliminary injunction hearing transcript Jul 25 2012
Trial Court
Reply to DOJ response on motion for preliminary injunction Jul 17 2012
Trial Court
DOJ response to motion for preliminary injunction Jul 13 2012
Trial Court
Complaint Jul 26 2012
Trial Court
Brief in support of motion for preliminary injunction Apr 30 2012

Commentary

Resources

Video: Christine Ketterhagen of Hercules Industries at press conference in favor of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (2013-03-05)

Hercules Industries website (includes company video)

Video: ObamaCare mandate is worse than you think (approx. 2:00)

Biographies