On 30 September 2022, the City of Barcelona decided to annul the sanctions imposed for breaches of the limitations and obligations dictated by the Catalan government during the state of alarm, which had made use of its status as delegated competent authority.
On 11 October 2022 the Hong Kong High Court ruled that the HK government cannot annul vaccine exemptions certificate issued by private doctors accused of having issued them without conducting a proper review.
Plaintiffs brought three autonomous tutela actions against a health center, claiming the violation of the fundamental rights to dignity, non-discrimination, privacy, free development of personality, freedom of conscience and religion, as well as the bioethical norms contained in the Declaration of Helsinki.
In May 2021, the Florida Legislature enacted a statute that provided that “any business operating in this state […] may not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations in this state”.
In July 2020, a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church detained in a Romanian prison who had previously been allowed to leave the prison to attend Adventist Church services applied to the prison authorities for permission to attend a Sabbath service every Saturday at an Adventist church. Since the prison governor denied his request, he challenged the refusal before national judicial authorities.
By judgment of 30 September 2022, the District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a putative class action brought by a healthcare provider against an insurer for underpaying for COVID tests provided to its insured.
A group of parents challenged the decision by the Ministry of Public Education to require parents and adults in general to vaccinate against COVID-19 in order to enter educational centers. In particular, they argued that such measure violated their and their children’s fundamental rights, making it impossible for them to participate in the children’s academic and administrative matters.
On 29 September 2022, the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf has ruled in urgent proceedings that the ban on an employee's activities due to a lack of vaccination was unlawful after a preliminary examination.
On 3 October 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a challenge filed by ten states against the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, which they argued was causing disruption in the healthcare workforce.
On 5 August 2021, France passed Law no. 2021-1040 on the management of the health crisis. Section 12 of this law listed the categories of persons subject to compulsory vaccination against COVID-19, which included firefighters.
On 13 September 2022, the Delhi High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation challenging an order from the Central Government of 13 May 2021 which gave a pharmaceutical company permission to conduct clinical trials of a vaccine (for phases 2 and 3) on volunteers between 2 and 18 years of age.
A man challenged the decision by the Court of Guarantee of Arica, which convicted him for the crime of endangering public health by violating the rules imposed during the State of Emergency for exerting the spread of COVID-19.
By judgment of 12 September 2022, the Court of Appeals of Minnesota reversed a judgment of conviction for the offence of second-degree murder while committing a felony and remanded the case for a new trial because defendant had been denied the right to confront with the witness against him.
(retrieved on 7 September 2022) The Israeli High Court has rejected a petition from the Movement for Freedom of Information in Israel (Haaretz) to declassify the minutes of the government meetings as far as the management of the pandemic is concerned.
In September 2022, the High Court of Justice of the Valencian Community rejected the appeal of the Valencian government and upheld an Alicante court decision of 13 January 2022 finding that it had violated the fundamental rights of private practice physicians during the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
On 6 July 2022, the civil section of the French Cour de cassation upheld an appellate court judgment finding that applicants could invoke the COVID-19 health crisis as a case of force majeure leading them to request the termination of the contract to rent a place for their wedding.
With a 3-2 ruling filed on 26 September 2022, the Vermont Supreme Court overturned a trial court ruling that had dismissed the lawsuit filed by a policyholder – Huntington Ingalls Industries, i.e., the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States – which alleged that there was coverage under an all-risk property insurance policy for certain losses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 19 September 2022 the Supreme Court of India dismissed a Public Interest Litigation filed by a lawyer against an order of the government of the state of Telangana rendering it mandatory to wear masks in all public places and work places.
In response to the economic losses incurred by businesses on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act which authorized the issuance of special Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to small businesses experiencing economic hardship.
The petitioner, a not-for-profit society incorporated under the Societies Act, challenged the constitutional validity of the Food and Liquor Serving Premises Order and the Gathering and Events Order, both issued on 10 September 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by the British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer (PHO).
Two religious communities brought an action against the Minister for COVID-19 Response and the Director General of Health, claiming that New Zealand government’s response to the pandemic, namely restrictions imposed on several activities including religious gathering, were unlawful because they limited the right of the applicants to manifest their religious beliefs, as enshrined in Section 15 of the Bill of Rights Act.
On 6 September 2022, the Commercial Court of Paris dismissed the claims made by Shopper Union – the publishing company of the France-Soir website – against Google, which had cut off the website from its advertising network, dereferenced it from its news service, and suspended its YouTube channel because of content that violated its rules.
On 8 September 2022, the Higher Administrative Court of Lower Saxony in Lüneburg rejected a dentist’s appeal against the decision of the Administrative Court of Osnabrück which had upheld the ban of the applicant’s professional activities due to his refusal to vaccinate against COVID-19.
By judgment of 2 September 2022, a Texas jury held that COVID-19 caused direct physical loss or damage to the property of Baylor College of Medicine – a health sciences university – and awarded the institution $48.5 million from the insurer that provided it with commercial property insurance.
In early September 2022, the Labor Tribunal of Trento ordered the social security agency to compensate the brother of a frontline doctor – her sole heir – with 125,000 euros, as her death caused by COVID-19 should be qualified as an occupational accident.
The CEO of a non-governmental healthcare organization has filed an appeal against a verdict of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Dhaka which sentenced him, his wife (chairperson of the organization) and six other people to 11 years of imprisonment.
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