“The federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit based in Cincinnati, Ohio won a lottery Tuesday to hear the consolidated lawsuit that challenges President Joe Biden‘s vaccine mandate for workplaces with over 100 employees.
The circuit was randomly selected by a court clerk, who drew the name from a container holding each of the twelve regional appeals courts, according to The New York Times.
The case will be heard by a three-judge panel, and the ruling could potentially represent a major blow in Biden’s efforts to uphold his mandate. The majority of the judges in the 6th appeals circuit were appointed by Republican presidents, and the circuit as a whole leans heavily towards the GOP.
It has not been made clear, however, whether or not the trio will simply file an injunction blocking the enforcement of the mandate pending review, or would attempt to strike down the mandate altogether.
The filing represents numerous states challenging the legality of the mandate and consolidates at least 34 individual lawsuits into one case.
Most of the states involved in these lawsuits are led by Republican governors, including Missouri, Indiana, and Florida, among others.
Comment: This is even better than if the 5th Circuit had retained control of the case. PL