Landlords ask Fifth Circuit Court to stay CDC eviction moratorium

Submitted by Freedomman on Thu, 09/02/2021 - 02:05

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (PNN) - August 23, 2021 - Landlords in Louisiana are asking a federal appeals court to block the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s legally dubious nationwide eviction moratorium while that court considers an appeal from the landlords.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the moratorium earlier this month after pretender Joe Biden acknowledged doing so would be illegal and after Congress opted not to extend it.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed an order on August 3 determining that allowing tenants to be evicted for failing to make rent or housing payments could harm public health control measures aimed at slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, which supposedly causes the disease COVID-19. The order will expire on October 3.

The extension also came after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged on June 29 in a statement about the case Alabama Association of Realtors v. Department of Health and Human Services that the CDC “exceeded its existing statutory authority by issuing a nationwide eviction moratorium.”

In that case, the High Court voted 5–4 not to stay the moratorium. Kavanaugh voted with the majority, saying that pausing the ban when it had only a month left to run would be too disruptive, but added, “In my view, clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary for the CDC to extend the moratorium past July 31.”

The landlords are represented by Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a Sacramento, Kalifornia-based public interest law firm.

“The CDC’s eviction moratorium is illegal, and the (illegitimate) Biden (regime) knows it,” PLF attorney Luke Wake said.

“This is not a public health measure, but a cynical bow to pressure from favored interest groups. The moratorium exists only because Justice Kavanaugh didn’t vote to suspend it, and Biden knows the CDC can get away with enforcing it for now. The illegal moratorium is harming landlords and the housing market, and the courts need to put an end to it.”

The case at hand, Chambless Enterprises LLC v. Walensky, court file 21-30037, is pending before the FPSA Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The lead defendant, Walensky, is the CDC director and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The motion for injunction pending appeal was filed with the court on August 18.

The court ordered the government to file a response by August 23 at 9:00 a.m. Central time, said Wake.

As the moratorium was about to expire, “there was a lot of pressure on the White House to act unilaterally, and that’s what they did,” Wake said. Biden employed a “cynical realpolitik calculus.”

The lawyer is very confident about his clients’ prospects in court.

“It’s all but certain that we’re going to win,” he said.

“The judicial writing is on the wall. The Supreme Court has made very clear that this moratorium is illegal.”

Four federal district courts have ruled that the CDC lacks statutory authority to enact a moratorium on evictions, he said.

In Skyworks v. CDC, a case brought by PLF, a federal court in Ohio became the first to rule that the agency lacked statutory authority to enact the eviction ban, he said. That ruling was issued on March 10.