Hold up: Domino’s founder granted injunction against Obamacare contraception mandate


It was only last Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied Hobby Lobby an injunction to block enforcement of an Obamacare mandate forcing the craft store chain to provide its employees morning-after abortion pills as part of its insurance coverage. Yesterday, however, a federal judge granted Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan the emergency injunction that Hobby Lobby had been seeking.

“Causing death can never be considered a form of medical treatment,” said Monaghan in his filing.

CNN reports:

Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had “shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion.”

“The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest,” said Zatkoff, a 1986 Reagan appointee. “Therefore, the court finds that plaintiffs have established at least some likelihood of succeeding on the merits” of their claim.

Monaghan sold his majority interest in the pizza chain in 1998. He filed for the injunction on behalf of Domino’s Farms Corp., his Michigan property management firm. That hasn’t stopped early rumblings of a Domino’s Pizza boycott by Obamacare supporters.




Did we mention that Monaghan sold his stake in Domino’s Pizza more than a decade ago?



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Correction: An earlier version of this post included a photo of a RU-486 pill. According to PolitiFact, coverage of the RU-486 pill is not mandated under Obamacare. Coverage of  Plan B and Ella, which prevent fertilization of an egg or the implantation of a fertilized egg, is mandated.

  • sybilll

    Thanks Twitchy, I was just trying to decide what to have for dinner.

    • almarquardt

      Took the words right out if my brain.

      • itzyaboi95

        Same here.

    • waltermitty2012

      I had Geno’s tonight. but tomorrow is another day.

  • Eddie Lutz

    Nice Twitter reactions from the left as usual. Liberals love using the term “douchebag.” Their minds are always absorbed in filth. Not surprising since most of them have their heads up their behinds.

    • Rick Nichols

      What was the old saying as a kid? It takes one to know one? “douchebag” that is

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      Because they ARE douchebags.

  • Purple State

    In the menu bar above of featured stories, this story is illustrated with a graphic of a RU-486 pill. The ACA contraceptive mandate does not cover RU-486. This needs to be corrected immediately. It’s a lie.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Sorry. Libs set the bar with lying and cheating to gain their objectives. We play by YOUR rules now.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Haha. Gotta love “The Tug”. Plain and simple.

    • Shawn Smith

      And the New York Times recently admitted that Obamacare *will* require death panels. Who’s been lying to us? Is there any real doubt that RU-486 will fall under required treatment before the end of these four years? Obama does *not* believe in freedom. He does *not* respect the Constitution. His will is law.

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      Did Madcow tell you that?

  • Jack Deth

    Fully expecting a massive conservative “Chick~Fil~A” response to Domino’s Pizza good fortune in 3… 2… 1!

    • Netmilsmom

      No. That’s not going to happen for Dominos. But it is happening for Hobby Lobby. I think it’s January 5th.

    • michael s

      do you want to repeat the chik fil a scenario? If I recall a man named Leo Johnson was shot,a conservative institution was attacked and the terrorist that did it used chik fil a to make his political statement.

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        I see you have learned from your massively failed CFA boycott.

        • michael s

          The chik fil a appreciation day didn’t upset me anymore than the chik fil a boycott. Again I don’t support fraudulent causes.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    I can really see a bunch of pot smoking liberals making a pizza boycott work….said no one ever.

  • peteee363

    i cannot eat pizza until i finish my weight loss, i am 58 lbs down, and 57 to go. once i finish, i might try a domino’s pizza, even though, i prefer a local papa’s pizza. no, not papa john’s, i have been eating papa’s pizza since they opened in 1975, they have been serving the same great pizza for 37 years!

  • stuckinIL4now

    Yeah, this is likely to bring a windfall to Domino’s Pizza, whose stock, btw, is up quite a bit this year along with Papa John’s.

    It’s amazing how libturds see the name Domino’s and “pizza” flashes into their low-information brains–stay tuned for the sugar boycott. I know they lack reading comprehension but these libturds are so blinded by their own ignorance that they read only what they want to read and if a fact that doesn’t fit their agenda is stated several times in an article, they completely don’t see it. I wonder if they’d comprehend reading that Monaghan sold Domino’s to Bain Capital, likely during Mitt Romney’s time with the firm, which still owns a large chunk of Domino’s.

  • SpinMeNot

    I am glad to see there is some sanity left in our judiciary. However, how the hell does this make any sense — Dominos gets an exemption, Unions get an exemption without going to court (full exemption), etc. and Hobby Lobby gets rejected at the SCOTUS.

    I fully expect the DoJ to go after Dominos and push this to the SCOTUS.

    • TocksNedlog

      And the DoJ is going to “go after Domino’s” because WHY?

      • Penmar

        Because the decision went against them, TocksNedlog.

        • TocksNedlog

          Yeah, well, if the decision had anything whatsoever to do with Domino’s Pizza LLC, then you might have something there. But, since it doesn’t . . .

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Buy DOMINOS!!!!!

  • cantonst

    Twitters above can’t read…all public school ‘educated’…

  • BeeKaaay

    And more proof that leftwingwackos are bloodthirsty.

    • rennyangel2

      And peculiarly good for the businesses they attack.

      • BeeKaaay

        Only Marxist run businesses don’t get attacked.

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        Whatever a libtard is against, I am for.

        • rennyangel2

          Me, too.

        • Eric

          Like eating healthy? I’d love to see what would happen to the GOP’s base if some transfat chemical company came out against marriage equality.

  • Peyton

    Looks like it’s time for a Domino’s appreciation day!

  • Hiraghm

    ““The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing
    that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest,””

    Funny… I must have missed the “compelling interest” exception in the Constitution. Maybe it was in the 13th Amendment…

    “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for
    crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist
    within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” – … except where the government has a ‘compelling interest’…

  • bananafanafo

    People with right of conscience SHOULD NOT B MADE 2 support killing innocents who can’t speak for themselves! Hollywood could have made a CHARITY! What’s wrong with you people with that compassion,tolerance,diversity – DID YOU EVER HAVE IT? How about SELFISH!

  • GTFOBigGovt

    Pizza is good. Hobby Lobby is evil and glorifies the worst segment of America. Those celebrating Christmas, Easter, Weddings, family scrapbooks, yarn. ewwwww.

  • itzyaboi95

    What other craziness does Obamacare require?

    • Eric

      It doesn’t require christianity as a national religion, those bastards!

      • itzyaboi95

        Wow… Why did you just come out the cut?

  • Eric

    Love how the the right gets so much vocal support from garbage fast food chains, I find it humorously fitting. Even more laughable is that it’s all framed as a christian/catholic issue, as if somehow putting absolute junk into your body is some part of your gods plan. Wouldn’t an all knowing divine being, filled with limitless love for his children, push carrots a bit more?

    • Hello Jerry (D)


      • Eric

        Tiredness is the first sign of obesity having adverse health affects.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    Elle Tee

    Contraception is gravely immoral? Then let’s put
    up everything you’ve done for review. I consider making Domino’s pizza
    gravely immoral.

    I consider your existence “gravely immoral”. I know what I’m having for dinner this weekend!

    • Eric

      LOVE that you consider Dominos (and I’ll be Chick-Fill-A too) an actual “dinner”.

  • Eric

    Thanks for the censorship twitchy, keep an eye on those cholesterol levels 😉

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WU6SBMLEL6TCYBOG5QPUH4JCII Clément


    Domino’s Pizza at War With Its Franchisees

    The relationship between the number one home delivered pizza company in France and a great number of its Restaurant Managers grouped in an Association remains tense, regardless of some recentsigns of appeasement.

    The atmosphere is not always festive. In spite of an agreement reached at the end of November, the relationship remains more than tense between Domino’s Pizza (DPF), France’s number one take-awayand home-delivered pizza company, and the Pepperoni association, which gathers together 180 of the country’s 203 franchise DPF restaurants. For ten months now, the franchisee and the franchisorshave been at war, with the franchisors very much up in arms against the parent company to which they automatically pay over 40% of their turnover sales in the form of royalties and various fees. And in spite of a first few signs of appeasement, numerous disagreements remain between them.

    “We believe in our product, we believe in the brand. For my part, I have been linked to it for nearly 20 years! But it had become urgent to find solutions together with DPF… because otherwise we wereheading straight for the wall!”. So says Kamel Boulhalid, the President of Pepperoni. For him, the most important Domino’s Pizza franchisee, with his 1163 salaried personnel in 40 restaurants (the French restaurants employ more than 3,600, with an average of approximately 18 persons per restaurant) “it was vital to find a new equitable and sustainable financial equilibrium between the franchisees and DPF. There must be a system in place whereby the franchisees have some chance to make a 3 to 4% margin. The Pepperoni Association will keep a watchful eye on the maintenance of some equilibriumbetween the franchisor and the franchisees.

    Others are less upbeat than Kamel Boulhalid. “It is high time for action. We must cease to feed that ogre DPF”, a rebellious franchisee calls out. “My circumstances are desperate. I will soon have to file for bankruptcy, or I will be bought out cheaply, like several before me. How much is my life worth? Will I attempt suicide, like those two other Franchise managers? Domino’s Pizza Franceonly impoverishes its franchisees to eventually buy them out”, as another franchisee views it. As a matter of fact, in the last few months, DPF has indeed bought back collapsing franchise restaurants in Béziers, Castres, Fréjus, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Lens ou Liévin.

    But what is it that bonds these franchisees to the DPF “ogre”? It is a Franchise Agreement that le Nouvel Observateur has been able to consult. It stipulates (in eighteen clauses and over morethan fifty pages) that all food components – called “the food” in DPF jargon – as well as all the equipment, must be purchased exclusively from DPF. “”Every aspect of the business is dictated to us: not only the food purchase and selling price, but also how to make pizza, how to dress, how to greet customers. Sometimes I feel as if I have joined a sect”, observes a disillusionedfranchisee, smiling sadly. Yet another asks himself, “Am I so stupid as to believe that all will be well when the competition has disappeared?!”

    The competition has for years taken its grievances before the Courts, denouncing what could be viewed as Domino’s Pizza France’s “strategy”, namely to facilitate the indebtedness of the franchisees bypermitting them not to pay what they owe to DPF as and when their bills fall due. This strategy allows for savings in the short and middle term for the DPF franchisees. But in actual fact it allows theeradication of the competition since the competitors cannot afford to sell at a loss, which in any case is illegal. On the other hand, in the long run, one outcome is the inextricable financial dependency on DPF of the franchisee. This dependency reaches such a level that it may translate in the franchisee being obliged to open a new restaurant … in exchange for some “debt forgiveness” and an undertakingon their part “not to engage in any litigation against DPF (…) as well as to refrain from denigrating the network or the brand”. A franchise manager so indebted for over 1 Million Euros exclaims: “At no timewould I have imagined that my adversary would be DPF!”

    In April 2011, the General Directorate for Competition, Consumers and the Suppression of Frauds (Direction générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (“DGCCRF”)) duly established reports over the DPF network and issued a dozen fines for DPF’s “failures to respect the regulations in relation to billing”, as well as for “non-respect of the observation of payment times”. But the Stock Exchange price of DPF remains unaffected by these warnings and these actual practical defects. In fact, quite the contrary since the Stock Exchange price makes steady progress. “It feels like an injustice to be so ill-used by DPF which only aims to shine on the Stock Exchange when in the meantime they are literally leaving us fordead”, says virulently Gilles Bourbiguot, who heads the Domino’s Pizza franchises in Toulouse. This accomplished car sportsman is presently facing DPF in the Courts, before the 19th Chamber. He adds, “the DPF system is very effective even if it consists in manipulating prime franchisees into investing in an unprofitable model. But DPF in effect voids our contract with them bymanipulating us into financial and stock-market transactions that are quite beyond us”. Just like Gilles Bourbiguot, half a dozen franchisees are now before the court, hoping that the 19thChamber will validate and assert their rights.

    When interviewed by le Nouvel Observateur, Mélanie Farcot-Gigon, the President of Domino’s Pizza France, was emphatic: “the franchisees are what make the enterprise strong, we have many exchanges and we are real partners”. If we are to believe her, what her predecessor wrote in 2004 is still valid today: “(dear franchisees), we will accomplish what others have never achieved: we will be the best. In a few years time we will look back with a smile on our face”.

    Denis Boulard

  • madian_kikyou

    I’ll have to convince my parents to order from them once in awhile.