Another Federal district court judge has dismissed the suit of a religious organization against the HHS mandate. In this case, the Diocese of Pittsburgh had sued. The judge did not rule on the merits of the case–he made no determination about the arguments of either side in the case. The judge decided that the case was not “ripe,” that is, that the plaintiff did not show harm.
For the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the mandate does not take effect until the 1st of January, 2014, due to “grandfathering” and “safe harbor” rules. The judge ruled that the plaintiff must show actual harm, not hypothetical harm. This is not a victory for the HHS–this just delays the final reckoning.