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Eleventh Circuit Hears Oral Argument in EO 14042 Preliminary Injunction Appeal

Government Contracts Insights

12 Apr 2022

Lawyers for the U.S. government and challengers to the federal contractor vaccine mandate both faced tough questions from an Eleventh Circuit panel in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, April 8, 2022. The appeal from the Southern District of Georgia’s decision preliminarily enjoining Executive Order 14042 late last year primarily raises questions about the President’s authority under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (often referred to as the Procurement Act), whether plaintiffs had established the requirements for preliminary injunctive relief, and whether the nationwide preliminary injunction issued by the district court was overbroad. Argument lasted nearly an hour, with Judges Britt C. Grant, J.L. Edmondson, and R. Lanier Anderson III giving each side 25 minutes to both present their case and answer the appellate court’s questions.

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