On December 29, 2017, Judge Haywood Gilliam granted the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence’s petition to intervene in California v. Trump. California and four other states have obtained a preliminary injunction in this case; the injunction blocks the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s interim final rules providing broad exemptions to contraceptive coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act for organizations with moral or religious objections to compliance.

Judge Gilliam held that the Little Sisters did not have a right to intervene, as their interests were adequately represented by the Trump Administration.  He did, however, grant them permission to intervene, recognizing that they had a strong interest in the outcome of the case.  At the instance of the plaintiffs, Judge Gilliam ordered the Little Sisters not to raise new issues, delay the case, or require duplicative discovery.

Full story at Health Affairs.