City & State: Why Cuomo’s pandemic policies keep getting challenged in court

“This is just the latest lawsuit against Cuomo that has prompted an abrupt shift in his administration’s pandemic policies. While the lawsuit – which was filed on behalf of inmates by groups including the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, Bronx Defenders and the Legal Aid Society – is the first class action over vaccinations in prisons, it’s not the first suit that has argued that the state’s pandemic restrictions and policies are applied unfairly in some way. The state has actually faced dozens of lawsuits since the start of the pandemic. But while many have failed, a few have succeeded, with some courts finding that Cuomo’s policies unfairly treated some groups differently than others without sufficient justification for doing so.”

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