Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin Below Fireplace in Two Lawsuits Over COVID-19 Response

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Governor Tony Evers is under fire in two lawsuits for handling the state's COVID-19 response.

Another governor is in legal trouble over his COVID-19 response. Recently, Governor Tony Evers faced two lawsuits over his COVID-19 management. One of the lawsuits was filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) back in August to "overturn an emergency order that made mask compulsory nationwide in July". The second lawsuit was filed last week by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to prevent a "list of Wisconsin companies investigated for COVID-19 cases from being published."

Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Image courtesy of the United States Federal Government via Wikimedia Commons,

Commenting on the case filed by WILL, Anthony LoCoco, deputy attorney for the organization, said the lawsuit against Evers was not an argument as to whether COVID-19 is a public health challenge or what steps Wisconsin should take to respond to the virus . In this case, it's about who decides how to respond to a Wisconsin emergency and what procedures are used. The laws in question clearly do not allow this. There's a tough 60-day deadline for declaring a state of emergency with no exceptions whether the emergency gets better or worse. "

Wisconsin Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Colin Hector backed off the lawsuit, saying:

"Whether the September 2020 surge in COVID-19 cases is viewed as a new condition, a changing condition, or a recurrence of extraordinarily high virus transmission rates falls right under that definition."

In a press conference earlier this month, Evers said:

"There are a lot of Republicans on the record saying it is masks, they are against demanding or asking people to wear masks. There is nothing new in this world. I would love to work with them if they do Changed their minds. I don't think they have. "

In the case filed by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Attorney Ryan Walsh stated that posting a list of companies screened for COVID-19 dating back to May is an "invasion of medical privacy and could potentially harm a business" . Reputation. "Walsh added:

"Not only are these cases not necessarily traceable to the company, but even if they can be traced back to the company, they cannot be traced back to the company based on current data."

Commenting on this suit, Evers said:

"We are trying to obey the law. We have a freedom of information request for information and will not post these company listings on our website."

It should be noted that companies with fewer than 25 employees will not be included in the list.


Evers faces two legal disputes related to the state's handling of pandemics