BEAUMONT, Texas - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 2 granted a permanent injunction to halt the implementation of the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas Inc. but dismissed a claim for violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 13-709, E.D. Texas; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 467).