CT School Mask Lawsuit
News & Updates
HARTFORD, CT (OCTOBER 20, 2021) - For 14 months our children have suffered in silence. Muzzled, afraid, sickened, and betrayed. Betrayed by the teachers and administrators who are entrusted with their safety and security. That's why we filed the CT school mask lawsuit in August of 2020, to put an end to this unnecessary and abusive treatment. This has taken far longer than we would have preferred, as our children are well into their second school year of muzzling, with a covid shot mandate for schoolchildren looming on the horizon.
Tonight we are pleased to report that the CT Supreme Court has decided to hear our appeal. As most of you know, our lawsuit was dismissed in May of this year by Judge Thomas Moukawsher, and we immediately filed an appeal. We learned today that the case was transferred from the CT Appellate Court to the state's highest court, to render a full and final decision on the orders to mask Connecticut children in schools. You can follow all of the case filings here. We will of course keep you updated as to the latest developments, including the hearing date (which has yet to be announced).
This lawsuit has been extraordinarily expensive. Please consider a donation to help defray our legal expenses as our attorneys prepare to argue this case. No amount is too small. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
MAY 24, 2021 (HARTFORD, CT) - A Connecticut Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the CT Freedom Alliance, LLC, which sought to strike down the school mask mandate issued by the Connecticut Department of Education, and later by Governor Ned Lamont, last year. In a brief decision spanning just over four pages, Judge Thomas Moukawsher granted "the defendants a full and final summary judgment--not merely because the lawsuit is moot--but because the actions of the executive have been ratified as correct by both of the other co-equal branches of government." Earlier this month, the CT General Assembly passed legislation ratifying the Governor's executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing an oversight mechanism for future executive orders issued pursuant to a "civil preparedness emergency." In March, the CT Supreme Court ruled in Casey v. Lamont that Governor Lamont acted within his Constitutional authority when he issued executive orders that resulted in widespread business closures across the state, including the plaintiff's Milford, CT bar.
CT Freedom Alliance, LLC Co-Founder and General Counsel Brian Festa remarked on the court's decision, and promised to appeal. "We respectfully disagree with the court's decision today in the school mask lawsuit. The plaintiffs remain steadfast in their position that the school mask mandate was not only an unconstitutional overreach of executive authority, but that it was--and continues to be--far more of a threat to children's health than the coronavirus. We look forward to presenting our arguments on appeal." Festa added that the CT Freedom Alliance planned to file a public interest appeal directly to the CT Supreme Court in short order.
The full text of Judge Moukawsher's decision can be found here.
CT School Mask Lawsuit In The News:
Judge ruling upholds Connecticut school mask mandate
-The Hill, May 25, 2021
-CT Mirror, May 17, 2021
-Fox 61 News, March 8, 2021
-WTNH News Channel 8, March 8, 2021
-CT News Junkie, March 8, 2021
-CT News Junkie, February 11, 2021
-CT News Junkie, December 22, 2020
-CT News Junkie, December 9, 2020
-Hartford Courant, November 27, 2020