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Split Decisions by the Supremes on COVID Mandates: OSHA NO; Health Care workers have to get the jab!

Split Decisions by the Supremes on COVID Mandates: OSHA NO; Health Care workers have to get the jab!

The Supremes have just rejected the Biden OSHA mandate which would have forced employers of around 84.2 million employees to either impose a vaccine mandate or a testing and masking alternative. It was a predictable 6-3 decision with the liberal judges in the minority. It was a per curium (unsigned) majority opinion. Justice Breyer as the senior judge in dissent assigned the dissenting opinion to himself, to which the other two liberal justices joined. Here are the opinions. 21a244_hgci. This,…

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This is What I think the Supremes Should Do and Will Do on the Biden OSHA and COVID Mandates

This is What I think the Supremes Should Do and Will Do on the Biden OSHA and COVID Mandates

In yesterday’s post, I gave a summary of what I thought were some of the best, most interesting, or surprising points made in the oral arguments on the OSHA and CMS mandates. I have thought about it all some more. In my posts, I usually give predictions of how I think a court will rule in a case. Today, I am going to give my personal opinion of what the Supremes should do, and based on the oral arguments, what…

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Some Observations on the Supreme’s Oral Arguments on the Biden COVID Vaccine Mandates

Some Observations on the Supreme’s Oral Arguments on the Biden COVID Vaccine Mandates

I listened to the oral argument yesterday on the two Biden mandates, and that would be the OSHA mandate for employers with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine or testing and masking for those choosing not to vaccinate, and the CMS vaccine mandate covering health care facilities that receive Medicare payments or Medicaid. I found it extremely interesting for many reasons, one of them being it was the first time the Supremes had an oral argument on a…

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Do you want to get some of the basics about vaccine mandate litigation, but rest your eyes? Then listen to my podcast X 2+++++

Do you want to get some of the basics about vaccine mandate litigation, but rest your eyes? Then listen to my podcast X 2+++++

I have written much about all the vaccine litigation swirling around the courts. One of my recent posts was read by the highly regarded California appellate attorney Tim Kowal. Tim along with another successful appellate attorney, Jeff Lewis host a podcast for California trial and appellate attorneys focusing on substantive issues as well as trial and appellate strategies. Tim invited me onto their podcast to talk about vaccine mandate litigation. He liked the way I organized and categorized these disparate…

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Figuring out employees’ rights in the COVID mandate world, and some moderately helpful government guidance

Figuring out employees’ rights in the COVID mandate world, and some moderately helpful government guidance

I don’t know about you, but with all the litigation, I have been struggling to figure out what rights employees have if they don’t want to get the COVID shot. As a lawyer and former student of analytic philosophy, I’m big on putting things into categories to help understand complicated and seemingly contradictory data points. Sort of like how TV detectives use a whiteboard with pictures of persons of interest. (A more abstruse allusion for Herman Hesse fans would be…

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Kelly Sutton’s Medical License is Revoked by the Medical Board of California

Kelly Sutton’s Medical License is Revoked by the Medical Board of California

We got word a few days ago that the Medical Board adopted the Administrative Law Judge’s proposed decision to revoke her medical license for writing 8 medical exemptions that were not compliant with the CDC’s ACIP guidelines. It was a tough but not unexpected decision given the hostility the Board has against doctors who were charged with writing more than a couple of exemptions. Here is the decision. You won’t like it. CCF12152021 I want to share two important behind-the-scenes…

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To California Physicians Thinking about Settling an Accusation with the Medical Board: Think fast because it’s going to cost you plenty if you wait until next year, meaning in 22 days

To California Physicians Thinking about Settling an Accusation with the Medical Board: Think fast because it’s going to cost you plenty if you wait until next year, meaning in 22 days

For some time now, the Medical Board has been the only licensing board which did not impose cost recovery on licensees who violate the standard of care or any other violation of a licensing statute. This was per a statutory carve-out from the general cost recovery requirement for disciplinary cases contained in Bus & Prof. Code 125.3 (k). However, this carve-out has been removed from the law effective the beginning of the new year (i.e. Janiuary 1, 2022). What that…

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The Whirlwind of COVID Mandates and Mandate Litigation Continues; Some Things are Becomming Clearer, but the New Variant Might Further Muddy the Waters, and SOME BREAKING NEWS!

The Whirlwind of COVID Mandates and Mandate Litigation Continues; Some Things are Becomming Clearer, but the New Variant Might Further Muddy the Waters, and SOME BREAKING NEWS!

Unless you’re following this full time and have a spreadsheet, there is so many new mandate orders and resulting litigation, it is hard to keep track of everything that is happening. Up until the new variant, I think we could see some patterns in the decisions. Someone with more technical skills than me might be able to make a matrix of it all, but all I can do is categorize it. I put all these lawsuits into three basic categories:…

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All eyes are now on the Sixth Circuit as it considers whether to lift the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the Biden OSHA COVID mandate

All eyes are now on the Sixth Circuit as it considers whether to lift the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the Biden OSHA COVID mandate

To recap, the Fifth Circuit recently stayed the implementation of the Biden Administration’s OSHA-created COVID vaccine mandate. I think the Fifth Circuit’s decision is clear, cogent, and powerful. Here it is and it is well worth reading. 5th Stay And let’s face it, there aren’t many opportunities to read appellate court decisions which temporarily stop a vaccine mandate and which agree with what you believe in. One of the most heartening things about the opinion for those opposed to the…

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If You are a Kaiser employee or have a child in the San Diego School District and were hoping for injunctive relief from the COVID Mandate, sorry, it’s not happening

If You are a Kaiser employee or have a child in the San Diego School District and were hoping for injunctive relief from the COVID Mandate, sorry, it’s not happening

Yesterday, federal courts in the Northern and Southern districts of California denied requests for injunctive relief for Kaiser employees and San Diego school district kids whose parents didn’t want them to take the COVID vaccine. No surprises here. The SD school district case upheld the mandate that prohibits in-person learning or in-person extracurricular activities without complying with the vaccine mandate. Here is the opinion. Thomas More SD TRO Denied. The plaintiffs tried to assert a free exercise clause argument based…

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