WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates . “A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates.”

Orlando Sentinel: Ex-Supreme Court justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ who sued DeSantis over COVID pandemic

Orlando Sentinel: Ex-Supreme Court justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ who sued DeSantis over COVID pandemic. “Daniel Uhlfelder garnered national headlines for donning the costume to criticize DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic. As COVID-19 cases surged throughout the state in March 2020, Uhlfelder filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order the governor to close beaches and issue a “safer-at-home” order to curb the spread of the virus. Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll in April 2020 found that he lacked the authority to force the governor to shut down beaches and dismissed the case but encouraged Uhlfelder to pursue an appeal.”

The Guardian: LA officers sue over vaccine mandate as police across California threaten to resign

The Guardian: LA officers sue over vaccine mandate as police across California threaten to resign. “Los Angeles police department (LAPD) employees have sued over requirements they get vaccinated for Covid-19, alleging that the department has created a ‘hostile work environment’ for the unvaccinated and that the mandate violates employees’ privacy and civil rights.”

Wired: Twitch Sues Users Over Alleged ‘Hate Raids’ Against Streamers

Wired: Twitch Sues Users Over Alleged ‘Hate Raids’ Against Streamers. “SINCE EARLY AUGUST, Twitch has been wrestling with an epidemic of harassment against marginalized streamers known as ‘hate raids.’ These attacks spam streamers’ chats with hateful and bigoted language, amplified dozens of times a minute by bots. On Thursday, after a month trying and failing to combat the tactic, Twitch resorted to the legal system, suing two alleged hate raiders for ‘targeting black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content’ in violation of its terms of service.”

Judge: Clearview AI Cannot Use First Amendment as Defense in ACLU’s Privacy Suit (Law Street Media)

Law Street Media: Judge: Clearview AI Cannot Use First Amendment as Defense in ACLU’s Privacy Suit. “Late last week, an Illinois state court ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other advocacy rights groups in their fight against Clearview AI Inc. over its unauthorized collection of Illinois residents’ faceprints. According to the order, the court has jurisdiction over the matter and the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) claims will proceed, despite Clearview’s proffered free speech defense.”

Ohio Capital Journal: Judge orders Cinci hospital to treat COVID-19 patient with Ivermectin, despite CDC warnings

Ohio Capital Journal: Judge orders Cinci hospital to treat COVID-19 patient with Ivermectin, despite CDC warnings. “A Butler County judge ruled in favor of a woman last week who sought to force a hospital to administer Ivermectin — an animal dewormer that federal regulators have warned against using in COVID-19 patients — to her husband after several weeks in the ICU with the disease.”

KSMU: Missouri Attorney General Files Suit Seeking To End Mask Mandates For Schools

KSMU: Missouri Attorney General Files Suit Seeking To End Mask Mandates For Schools. “Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a reverse class-action lawsuit against school districts that have implemented mask mandates. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is specifically against the Columbia Public School District but also against others that are ‘similarly situated.’ It calls mask mandates for school districts unreasonable and arbitrary.”

AP: Judge blocks Florida governor’s order banning mask mandates

AP: Judge blocks Florida governor’s order banning mask mandates. “School districts in Florida may impose mask mandates, a judge said Friday, ruling that Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority by issuing an executive order banning the mandates. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper agreed with a group of parents who claimed in a lawsuit that DeSantis’ order is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. The governor’s order gave parents the sole right to decide if their child wears a mask at school.”

Herald-Tribune: Lawsuit claims Florida failed to craft criminal database

Herald-Tribune: Lawsuit claims Florida failed to craft criminal database. ” A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Florida officials failed to comply with a new law requiring creation of a public database tracking how justice is delivered across the state – which advocates say is key toward exposing racial disparities in criminal sentencing. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida sued in Broward County Circuit Court, naming as defendants the county’s clerk of court and sheriff, along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Corrections Department.”

Business Insider: T-Mobile customers file class action lawsuits as investigation finds 53 million affected by data breach

Business Insider: T-Mobile customers file class action lawsuits as investigation finds 53 million affected by data breach. “The number of users whose personal information might have been compromised in a recent cyber attack of T-Mobile has climbed to 53 million, as the telecommunication company is hit by a pair of class-action lawsuits. T-Mobile announced Friday it had discovered that another 5.3 million current customers and 667,000 former customers also had their information stolen.”