PITTSBURGH The owners of a Missouri-based scrap metal conglomerate who are suing the U.S. government on claims the Affordable Care Act violates their freedom of religion have been granted temporary immunity from meeting the laws requirements.
A judge in U.S. District Court in Missouri has issued Paul Griesedieck and Henry Griesedieck a preliminary injunction that exempts them from offering certain health-care options, such as certain forms of contraceptive methods, to its 175 employees.
The Griesediecks concerns deserve more time and consideration, Judge Richard E. Dorr wrote in the Dec. 20 decision.
The Griesediecks hold the controlling interest in Springfield Iron & Metal LLC, Springfield; American Pulverizer Co. and City Welding, both in St. Louis; and Hustler Conveyor Co., based in OFallon. The pair had filed the lawsuit against a slew of federal agencies (amm.com, Oct. 22).
"The Griesedieck family is very pleased with the courts decision. They are not trying to prevent anybodys access to anything. They just want to be left free to not pay for services they object to based on their religion," legal counsel for the family told AMM.