LEGAL NEWS & COMMENTARY

Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana and eleven other states filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), questioning their authority to issue a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The mandate requires all healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. The group of [...]

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The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld its November 6 decision to temporarily stop the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private businesses. The mandate, known as the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Vaccination and Testing was published last Saturday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The ETS challenge was filed by [...]

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The North Dakota House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill that would ban state-level government-ordered COVID vaccine mandates. The bill would not apply to jails, state hospitals, or higher education institutions but to all other state entities. The bill would prohibit those entities from requiring proof of vaccination, proof of the presence of COVID antibodies, [...]

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A report published by the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) Thursday revealed that New Zealand’s access to justice is at risk. In the past 12 months, more than 20,000 people were denied the representation of a legal aid lawyer. The report’s findings were informed by the largest survey ever undertaken on New Zealand’s legal profession. [...]

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The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Wednesday voided Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam’s school mask mandate. Petitioners, including parents and school districts in Pennsylvania, and respondent, Beam, each requested relief. The court granted the petitioners’ application and denied the respondent’s. On August 31, 2021, Beam issued an order directing the use of face coverings [...]

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The pandemic has created a jigsaw puzzle of fear, anxiety and uncertainty among the patients; however, the doctors during this havoc have tirelessly worked as frontline warriors saving millions of lives while putting theirs at risk. Since the pandemic began, over 1,500 doctors have selflessly sacrificed their lives only to find themselves standing at a [...]

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After three days of Generation Equality Forum meetings in Paris (hosted by the French Government from 30 June to 2 July), the international community launched a Global Acceleration Plan (GAP) for gender equality, driven by six Action Coalitions, the Compact on Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action. The GAP aims to accelerate gender equality in the [...]

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While the entire world is in the grips of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 62 co-sponsor countries including India, South Africa, and Indonesia have recently given a revised draft proposal for waiving the Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights of COVID vaccines to the TRIPS Council of the World Trade Organisation (“WTO”), seeking a patent waiver for manufacturing [...]

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