Vaccines

A federal court in New York dismissed seven families’ claims alleging that the state’s mandatory school immunization requirements are too “burdensome and narrow.” The court found the requirements relate to the state’s public health goal of having a high vaccination rate among children and to ensure that medical exemptions are issued for “medical reasons based on evidence-based guidance,” and the families haven’t stated a constitutional violation or federal claim.

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Contact Sports

An appeals court in Ohio ruled the lower court improperly granted a youth basketball league an injunction in its suit challenging the state’s Covid-19-related restrictions, which distinguish between contact and non-contact sports, finding that “children having the ability to play basketball, soccer, and lacrosse tournaments cannot replace the loss of a loved one.”

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Fossil Fuels

An appeals court in Washington upheld the dismissal of a case brought by 13 people between the ages of 8 and 18 who claim the state’s reliance on fossil fuel-based energy and transportation systems violated their rights. While the judges “firmly believe that the right to a stable environment should be fundamental,” they found they would violate the separation of powers doctrine if they resolved the youths’ claims.

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Police Shootings

A federal court in Texas refused to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against Bexar County, its sheriff and deputies arising from the deaths of a six-year-old boy and woman shot as the officers pursued the woman on fraud and credit card warrants. The officers fired four rounds at the woman, who did not appear to be armed, and fired 18 more rounds towards her and an occupied residence even though “it was obvious” she was already incapaciated.

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