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Legal Challenges to the Pandemic Lockdowns

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo sits down with Steve Simpson and Anastasia Boden, senior attorneys at the Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss the legality of the stay-at-home orders issued by states amid the coronavirus pandemic and the status of several challenges they’re facing in the courts.

Topics covered include:

  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a stay-at-home order, and why it was a separation of powers challenge;
  • A recent case in which the Pacific Legal Foundation successfully helped an art gallery challenge Napa County’s and the state of California’s order to keep their business closed;
  • The rule of law implications of the stay-at-home orders, and their enforceability;
  • The question of legal liability for businesses as they reopen.

This podcast was recorded on May 27, 2020. Watch or listen to the discussion below.

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Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LL.B. and LL.M., is a research associate at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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