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Domino Pizza's founder sues over stipulation in health care law

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 17th, 2012
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Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza is suing the federal government over mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law. A devout Roman Catholic, Monaghan says that abortion and contraception don't fall under health care - and in his words "Gravely immoral."

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Monaghan filed a lawsuit last week in federal court. Domino's Farms is listed as a plaintiff, which is a Michigan office park complex that Monaghan owns.

Monaghan offers health insurance for his employees, but excludes abortion and contraception. According to the new federal law, employers are required to offer insurance including contraception coverage, or risk heavy fines.

Monaghan maintains that the law violates his rights, pointing out that it is not his responsibility to pay for the sexual habits of his employees, He is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. Monaghan's sentiments are echoed nationwide, as there are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

Monaghan is not the first pizza chain to speak out against the president's health care overhaul. Aside from former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, Papa John's founder John Schnatter said it was "common sense" that there would be cutbacks as the result of thousands of pages of new regulation. Schnatter later rescinded.

The Obama administration maintains in the meantime that the contraception mandate actually benefits women.

Domino's Pizza is an international pizza delivery corporation headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1960, Domino's is the second-largest pizza chain in the United States (after Pizza Hut) and has more than 10,000 corporate and franchised stores in 70 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Domino's Pizza was sold to Bain Capital in 1998 and went public in 2004.

According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, one of  Domino's Pizza biggest claims was quick delivery. Starting in 1973, Domino's Pizza had a guarantee that customers would receive their pizzas within 30 minutes of placing an order, or they would receive the pizzas free. The guarantee was reduced to $3 off in the mid 1980s.

In 1992, the company settled a lawsuit brought by the family of an Indiana woman who had been killed by a Domino's delivery driver, paying the family $2.8 million.

In another 1993 lawsuit, brought by a woman who was injured when a Domino's delivery driver ran a red light and collided with her vehicle, the woman was awarded nearly $80 million, but accepted a payout of $15 million. The guarantee was dropped that same year because of the "public perception of reckless driving and irresponsibility", according to Monaghan.

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