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Hobby Lobby Protests Follow Court Ruling

Hobby Lobby stores across the U.S. have been the targets of protests since the Supreme Court ruling on June 30th granting the company a religious exemption from providing in their company health plan four types of contraception that were mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act.

According to a survey of national media reports, there have been Hobby Lobby protests at stores in the following locations since the ruling (and there is likely more that haven’t garnered online media coverage): Continue Reading →

Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court Case Challenging ACA Mandate

The Supreme Court announced this morning that Hobby Lobby has won its case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires companies to provide free contraceptives as part of their healthcare plan. The case was decided by a 5-4 majority with a decision authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito.

In the opinion, the court granted “closely held companies” the right to the same accommodations that the government gives nonprofit organizations with religious objections to contraceptives. The narrowly-written opinion specified that it only applied to the contraceptive mandate and should not be construed to allow the withholding of coverage for other medical services or to allow discrimination on religious grounds.

The court indicated that the government should take on the responsibility of providing the coverage for the contraceptives that are objected to so that there is no coverage gap for employees.

How did Hobby Lobby end up suing the government?

It’s not often that a crafts industry company not only makes national news, but makes national law. How did we get to this day? Continue Reading →

Hobby Lobby Sues Obama Administration Over ACA Birth Control Mandate

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. filed suit Wednesday in Federal Court to stop implementation of mandates in the Obama administration’s healthcare law which would require it to cover birth control methods that its ownership says it is opposed to on religious grounds.

David Green, Hobby Lobby CEO and founder, is well-known for running the family company in accordance with his family’s conservative Christian beliefs.  Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday and the company prides itself on paying its employees wages above usual retail industry standards.

Unless the court overturns the coverage mandate in the ACA law, on January 1st Hobby Lobby will be required to begin covering the morning after pill and other forms of contraception such as the IUD, which the company’s ownership holds to be in violation of their religious beliefs, according to the lawsuit filings. They are asking the court to declare the ACA mandate unconstitutional, and for a stay to block it going into effect.   According to a press statement, the company believes they could face fines of $1.3 million per day for failing to comply with the coverage mandate if it is not blocked. Continue Reading →

Noteworthy | 4.13.2012

Well, it’s Friday the 13th…here’s the latest news that you should know before you run screaming to hide from things that go bump in the night!

New mid releases, like hordes of undead zombies, just keep coming! This week we’ve got new announcements from Pink Paislee and Authentique Paper.

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Industry Retailers Make NRF Stores Hot 100

Stores, a publication of the National Retail Federation, has released its Stores Hot 100 list of the country’s fastest growing retailers – and several craft-related stores made the 2011 list. The list is ranked based on year to year sales growth from 2009 to 2010. All retailers with domestic U.S. sales of over $300 million were eligible.

Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com, an often overlooked player in the crafts retail market, landed in the number 10 spot on the list by posting 23.8% growth from 2009 to 2010. Stores attributes this to the growing portfolio of markets that company has expanded into, including travel (by selling discount hotel rooms). A ranking penalty incurred by the company from Google over accusations it manipulated Google results by embedding links in school websites in return for promised discounts has left Stores skeptical that Overstock can repeat those year-to-year growth results, however.

Both home shopping networks made the list. HSN ranked highest, coming in at number 44 with 9% year-over-year growth. Known for its promotion of lines like Cricut, Anna Griffin and Martha Stewart Crafts with custom created bundles during its on-air craft specials, HSN is definitely a force in the new model of retailing and their growth reflects that. Although nearly twice the size of HSN in total sales, home shopping network QVC was further down the list at number 85 due to experiencing a smaller (but still impressive) amount of year to year sales growth (5%).

Near the bottom of the Stores list we find two craft chain stores. First up is Jo-Ann Stores. That chain placed in 95th on the chart with 4.4% sales growth, on $2.079 billion in retail sales from 751 stores. The other craft chain on the list, Hobby Lobby, came in at number 96, also showing 4.4% sales growth in the surveyed period. Privately-held Hobby Lobby’s sales were reported as $2.093 billion, surpassing Jo-Ann Stores, and with only 497 store locations. Hobby Lobby’s growth numbers were undoubtedly helped by opening of new locations – it experienced store growth in the covered period of 5.7%, while Jo-Ann Stores only expanded their locations by 0.7%.

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