Following a hearing on Thursday, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas has granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) requested by Dialysis Patients Citizens (a patient advocacy organization), Fresenius Medical Care, DaVita, and US Renal, with the support of the American Kidney Fund.

The TRO will remain effective until the earlier of January 26, 2017 or the date the court is able to conclude further proceedings and rule on the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. A hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction is scheduled for January 18, 2017.

The TRO request, and the underlying complaint, sought relief from the administration’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) that would constrain charitable contributions to the American Kidney Foundation and similar charitable organizations benefiting dialysis patients.