Domino's distances itself from founder's lawsuit

Dec. 17, 2012

Last week, Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the contraception coverage component of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

According to the Associated Press, Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, said contraception "isn't health care, but a gravely immoral practice." He said the new federal law, which requires employers to include contraception coverage in their insurance plans, violates his rights.

In the lawsuit, Monaghan also listed Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor, Mich., as a plaintiff. Monaghan founded Domino's in 1960 and sold the company to Bain Capital in 1998.

Domino's is distancing itself from the lawsuit, releasing a statement on its Facebook page Dec. 15 that read:

"Earlier this week, news stories came out that Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan had filed suit against the federal government regarding healthcare. Since that time, the story has been widely misreported to indicate Domino's was involved in this action, which is completely untrue. Tom Monaghan sold Domino's Pizza in 1998 and today has NO active affiliation with our company. The media often neglect to note this fact. His views are not our views, nor are his actions in any way related to our actions. Domino's Pizza has made no public statements about health care, as we are still waiting to see how the final rules will affect our network of small business owners. Domino's is not a political company; it is not a religious company — we are a pizza company."

The post has about 7,000 "likes" thus far and more than 800 comments, many applauding the chain for clarifying its position.

Domino's also tweeted about the lawsuit: "Reports indicating we are part of Tom Monaghan's lawsuit are 100% wrong. Monaghan sold Domino's in '98 & has no ties to us."

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