Virginia Joins Amicus Brief to Halt COVID Vaccine Mandate in Military

Virginia Joins Amicus Brief to Halt COVID Vaccine Mandate in Military

On Aug. 31, 2022, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares added his name to an Amicus brief in a lawsuit urging the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military personnel.1 The lawsuit was filed by 35 Navy personnel requesting religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. A […]

Developers of mRNA COVID Shots Spar Over Intellectual Property Rights

Developers of mRNA COVID Shots Spar Over Intellectual Property Rights

Pfizer and BioNTech will have to answer in court to legal claims by Moderna that they copied its innovative messenger RNA (mRNA) technology in the making of their COVID-19 biologic, Comirnaty. The patent infringement lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Regional Court of Dusseldorf in Germany alleges that […]

Temporary Stay of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Continues for Federal Workers

Temporary Stay of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Continues for Federal Workers

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana, in a change of heart from its Apr. 7, 2022 decision, agreed to hear arguments against the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal workers. The court will hear the matter en banc which means that there will be a full panel of judges convened. This […]

Mask Mandate for U.S. Public Transportation Struck Down by Federal Judge

Mask Mandate for U.S. Public Transportation Struck Down by Federal Judge

On Apr. 18, 2022, U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in the Middle District of Florida struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for people traveling on U.S. public transportation, including planes, trains and buses.1 After the ruling, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed that it will no longer enforce the mask mandate […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers Reinstated by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers Reinstated by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

On Apr. 7, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana ruled that the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all Federal workers must be reinstated. The 2-1 ruling reversed a lower court order blocking the vaccine mandate for federal workers. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Carl Stewart ordered the lower […]

Coronavirus Testing Company Sued for False Test Results

Coronavirus Testing Company Sued for False Test Results

The Center for COVID Control (”the Center”)—a SARS-CoV-2 testing company based in Illinois— has been sued by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for improperly handling tests and giving out fake results in violation of the Consumer Protection Act. The Center, which has over 300 locations nationwide, received tens of thousands of coronavirus test kits […]

Mayor of New York City Sued for Discriminatory ‘Key To NYC’ Vaccine Mandate

Mayor of New York City Sued for Discriminatory ‘Key To NYC’ Vaccine Mandate

New York Mayor, Eric Adams, has been sued by 18 plaintiffs including five Orthodox Jews and a Roman Catholic who are suing on behalf of their minor children over the ‘key to NYC’ vaccine mandate. The plaintiffs, who are suing the mayor in federal district court in Brooklyn, claim that the vaccine passport system is […]

U.S. District Court in Texas Blocks Federal Employee COVID Vaccine Mandate

U.S. District Court in Texas Blocks Federal Employee COVID Vaccine Mandate

On Jan. 21, 2022, a Federal District Court in Texas temporarily blocked COVID-19 mandate for federal workers issued by the Biden administration.1 Judge Jeffrey Brown’s ruling applies nationwide.2 The federal worker mandate was issued on Sept. 9, 2021. According to the White House, as of December 2021, 97 percent of federal employees had been vaccinated […]