Trump administration settles lawsuits on HHS mandate


The Trump administration agreed to pay $3 million to settle lawsuits filed by organizations who sued the federal government for restricting their religious liberty over Obama’s contraceptive HHS mandate.

The amount went to the law firm Jones Day, which represented dozens of groups that sued the Obama administration over the mandate, according to BuzzFeed.

Jones Day had originally asked for over $29 million to settle the lawsuits, an administration official told BuzzFeed.

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed reveal that the Justice Department settled with Jones Day and First Liberty Institute, a law firm focused on religious liberty issues, which will receive $268,763 from the government in a separate settlement.

The Trump administration began to roll back the contraception mandate item in October.