The three states sought to block the mandate for companies that do business with the federal government, and U.S. District Court Judge
It follows a nationwide injunction granted by a Georgia-based federal court, and another block from a federal judge in Kentucky for contractors in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. The U.S. government appealed the nationwide injunction.
Other Biden administration efforts to boost Covid-19 inoculation rates have similarly met legal roadblocks, including an
The federal contractor mandate—which won’t be enforced while litigation proceeds—would apply to roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce, and affect businesses including
Although Drell’s order Thursday was more limited than previous injunctions, it did cite the Kentucky federal court’s order to reiterate that the decision didn’t answer the question about whether vaccines are effective tools to combat the virus.
Rather, he said these lawsuits challenge the president’s authority to issue such demands through executive actions on contracts.
The case is Louisiana v. Biden, W.D. La., No. 21-cv-03867, order 12/16/21.