Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has been involved in a great deal of litigation during his time in office, against lots of opponents. But the cases which get most of the attention seem to be the ones in which Landry’s office has faced down powerful Democrat interests and officeholders.
There was the protracted fight over Gov. John Bel Edwards’ attempts to subvert state law by requiring that holders of state contracts essentially institute affirmative action for the LGBTQ crowd. Landry won that fight.
His efforts to defend Louisiana’s businesses and citizens from COVID restrictions imposed by Edwards were less successful. Landry issued an opinion stating that bar closures based on the COVID emergency rules were unconstitutional, and that opinion was taken to federal court by bar owners seeking relief, but unsuccessfully. And when the Louisiana House of Representatives presented a petition which, by state law, would have dissolved Edwards’ emergency declaration and stopped him from imposing any further restrictions on the people of Louisiana, Landry and Edwards ended up in a judicial stalemate.
There was the fight over Louisiana’s admitting-privileges requirement for abortionists litigated at the U.S. Supreme Court in the June Medical case, a rather bitter disappointment when a conservative Supreme Court declined to uphold the state’s statute.
But there have been lots of lesser-known victories the AG’s office has won against Edwards. And against the Biden administration the AG has been a juggernaut of late.
For example, Landry forced the Biden administration to reverse its ban on offshore lease sales for oil and gas exploration, and last month a quite successful one was held – indicating that the state’s offshore oil industry might see a resurgence in the near future. That was a huge win.
Another huge win was a case Landry’s office participated in which at least temporarily shut down the Biden administration’s attempts to require vaccine mandates for businesses with 100 employees or more. The Fifth Circuit ruled that OSHA requirement unconstitutional, and so far there’s no indication the Supreme Court is interested in reversing that ruling.
So it wasn’t a surprise when Landry was on the winning side of another vaccine mandate case yesterday…
MAJOR BREAKING NEWS: Federal Court Halts Biden’s Attack On Healthcare Workers, AG Jeff Landry Claims Another Victory Over Vaccine Mandate
MONROE, LA – In a major win for our healthcare heroes, a federal court has halted the Biden Administration’s attempt to force COVID-19 vaccines on healthcare workers. Judge Terry Doughty just now ruled in favor of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s request for a preliminary injunction against the CMS rule requiring the COVID shot on nearly every full-time employee, part-time employee, volunteer, and contractor working at a wide range of healthcare facilities receiving Medicaid or Medicaid funding.
In granting the injunction, Judge Doughty has issued a nationwide stop to the CMS mandate.
“I applaud Judge Doughty for recognizing that Louisiana is likely to succeed on the merits and for delivering yet another victory for the medical freedom of Americans,” said Attorney General Landry. “While Joe Biden villainizes our healthcare heroes with his ‘jab or job’ edicts, I will continue to stand up to the President’s bully tactics and fight for liberty.”
On November 15, Attorney General Landry led a 14-state coalition filing suit against the Biden Administration for acting without statutory authority, violating the Administrative Procedure Act, violating the Social Security Act, violating the Congressional Review Act, and violating the Constitution by promulgating and implementing Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Heath Care Staff Vaccinations, 86 Fed. Reg. 61555 (Nov. 5, 2021).
“While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconstitutional and immoral attack on not only our healthcare workers but also the access to healthcare services for our poor and elderly,” concluded Attorney General Landry. “I will see this case through to the end – fighting every step of the way to prevent the federal government from imposing medical tyranny on our citizens and turning last year’s healthcare heroes into this year’s unemployed.”
Doughty was the same judge who ruled in Landry’s favor in the offshore oil lease case. He’s rapidly becoming a name to keep in mind for a move up to the Fifth Circuit when Republicans recapture the White House.
At this point it’s starting to look like Landry’s office is one of the major factors in grinding Biden’s vaccine mandate regime to a halt, which is a good thing. There’s a lot of frightening stuff out there – for example, the new chancellor in Germany is now saying he’s going to force everybody in the country to take a COVID vaccine, and here in America Democrat politicians are renewing calls to shut everything down over the so-called Omicron variant of COVID – which is being described by doctors in South Africa, where it was first discovered, as exceptionally mild.
That’s a dead giveaway, by the way, to indicate none of this has ever been about science or public health but instead a grab for control.
There is a media-generated narrative which says that Landry’s office doesn’t win cases it litigates. That narrative is false. And thank God for it, because otherwise Biden and his handlers would be running amok with COVID restrictions on regular Americans.