Hobby Lobby files lawsuit over mandate in health law; cites religious beliefs
New York — Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging the mandate in the health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs. Hobby Lobby calls itself a "biblically founded business" and its stores are closed on Sundays.
According to the lawsuit, the mandate forces the owners of Hobby Lobby “to violate their deeply help religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits.” There are about 27 lawsuits challenging the mandate, and Hobby Lobby is the largest for-profit business to do so.
"By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow," David Green, CEO and founder, Hobby Lobby, said in a statement. "We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate."
In a conference call with reporters, Green said the company opposes having to provide “abortion causing drugs” that go against his family faith.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, alleges the Health and Human Services mandate is unconstitutional and requests an injunction to prohibit it from being enforced. The privately held Hobby Lobby is self-insured and will be required to comply with the mandate by Jan. 1, the start of its health insurance plan year. Hobby Lobby would face significant fines if it does not comply.
The mandate went into effect Aug. 1, but Hobby Lobby won’t be impacted until Jan. 1, when the new insurance year for its employees begins.
Pier 1 Imports Q2 profit surges; raises forecast again
Fort Worth, Texas — Pier 1 Imports reported Thursday that net income for the quarter ended Aug. 27 surged to $26.2 million from $16.6 million last year, prompting the home goods retailer to raise its full-year adjusted profit forecast for the second time in three months.
Total sales increased 8.3% to $367.6 million from $339.6 million in the year-ago period, edging Wall Street’s expected $367.2 million in revenue. Same-store sales rose 6.7% on top of last year’s 10.8% gain.
Pier 1 has been investing in-store revampments and has put a big focus on its e-commerce business.
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Stein Mart receives non-compliance notice from Nasdaq
Jacksonville, Fla. — Stein Mart said Thursday that it received a notice of non-compliance on Wednesday from Nasdaq; specifically the retailer has not filed its second-quarter report.
By rule, Stein Mart has 60 days to submit a plan to regain compliance.
The retailer cited the replacement of its legacy merchandise information system, which delayed accounting reconciliations. It said it will file within the prescribed 60-day time frame.
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