This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Government to pay fees of Conestoga attorneys

The federal government will pay $570,000 in legal fees to attorneys who worked with a Mennonite-owned Pennsylvania cabinet company that challenged a birth control mandate last year at the Supreme Court.

Lancaster Online reported the government and opposing law firms representing Conestoga Wood Specialties in East Earl, Pa., reached a settlement Jan. 23. On June 30, the court ruled 5-4 that the company cannot be compelled by the Affordable Care Act to provide certain contraceptives in employee health care plans because the owners believe some can cause abortion.

The Hahn family — members of Weaverland Mennonite Conference, an Old Order group — own the company. They were represented by three firms: the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Independence Law Center and Proctor and Lindsay.

Independence Law Center attorney Randall Wenger said the attorneys are eligible for their time and the prevailing rate for their time.

“It is designed to make the government pay for problems that it causes when it creates civil rights violations,” he said.

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