New York’s COVID Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Struck Down

New York’s COVID Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers Struck Down

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in New York has been overturned by the New York Supreme Court, which found that Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York Department of Health exceeded their authority when implementing the vaccine mandate. Siding with the plaintiffs, Medical Professionals for Informed Consent, Judge Gerard Neri ruled that […]

Appellate Court Blocks U.S. Government’s Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

Appellate Court Blocks U.S. Government’s Vaccine Mandate for  Federal Contractors

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the preliminary injunction against the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contract workers. The 2-1 decision by the court in New Orleans directly affects Indiana, Louisiana and Mississippi, while half of the other states have had their mandates blocked or partly blocked by other […]

Grand Jury in Florida May Investigate COVID Vaccine ‘Wrongdoing’

Grand Jury in Florida May Investigate COVID Vaccine ‘Wrongdoing’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said last week that he plans to petition the state’s Supreme Court to convene a grand jury to investigate “any and all wrongdoing” with regard to the COVID-19 vaccines, notably how the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines marketed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna/NIAID were developed, how they were used in Florida and any […]

New York Court Reinstates City Workers Who Refused COVID Shots

New York Court Reinstates City Workers Who Refused COVID Shots

Judge Ralph Porzio, a Superior Court judge in Staten Island ordered that 16 city sanitation workers who lost their jobs for rejecting the COVID-19 shot mandate be reinstated for work and receive back pay. The ruling does not affect the city’s mandate or the other approximate 1,700 workers who were fired for failing to follow […]

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 […]

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