Our team has filed five additional lawsuits this week challenging 18 school districts’ face mask mandates in Massachusetts as well as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Educations’s state-wide mask mandate.
These lawsuits follow several others that we filed recently, including the most recent one against a Catholic Diocese in Florida challenging its school mask mandate for students. We have been on the frontline of fighting against these mandates by school authorities, and this is evident in a series of similar lawsuits we have pursued for clients, including one against the Hollis/Brookline School District (School Administrative Unit #41), a second one against the Bedford School District (School Administrative Unit #25) in late May, the third one against Londonderry, Epping, and Timberlane School Districts in July, a fourth one against the Exeter School District, a fifth against the Merrimack Valley School District, and a sixth one, on September 7, against a New Hampshire school district’s requirement that students wear face masks while in school.
Three of the five lawsuits were filed on behalf of Children’s Health Rights of Massachusetts, a Massachusetts Nonprofit Corporation: one was against the Department and the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District, Carver Public School District, Hingham Public School District, and West Bridgewater Public School District; another was against the Department and the Cambridge Public School District, City of Cambridge, Franklin Public School District, Northborough Public School District, Southborough Public School District, Northborough-Southborough Regional Public School District, and Tyngsborough Public School District; and the third one was also against the Department and the Andover Public School District, Attleboro Public School District, Easton Public School District, and Sandwich Public School District.
The two other lawsuits were filed on behalf of a large group of parents and their children and on behalf of another non-profit, Citizens for Medical Freedom, against the Department and Tewksbury Public School District, and the Department and the Dover Public School District, Sherborn Public School District, Dover-Sherborn Regional School District, and Town of Dover, respectively.
Similar to the earlier-filed lawsuits, the five new lawsuits are challenging requirements students wear face masks or coverings while in school, because these government authorities lack the authority to pass these mandates, among other claims.
The lawsuits, similar to the first action we filed on behalf of Mary Rivard last year, the action we filed last year challenging the City of Nashua’s face mask ordinance, the action we filed challenging Governor Sununu’s closure of New Hampshire schools, and more recently, the action filed against a Catholic Diocese in Florida, include a motion for a preliminary injunction prohibiting these government authorities from enforcing their face mask requirements. The motions we filed can be found here, here, here, here, and here, respectively.