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Justice Department appeals order blocking federal eviction ban

Posted On: Apr 17, 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

Justice Department appeals order blocking federal eviction ban

The Justice Department is appealing a ruling by a U.S. judge in Texas blocking the federal eviction moratorium, the agency announced late Saturday, arguing that the ban remains broadly in effect in the meantime.
The court in the Eastern District of Texas blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's moratorium on Thursday, ruling that the federal government had overstepped its authority in imposing the sweeping ban.
The decision “does not extend beyond the particular plaintiffs in that case, and it does not prohibit the application of the CDC's eviction moratorium to other parties,” acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton argued. “For other landlords who rent to covered persons, the CDC's eviction moratorium remains in effect."
The CDC's September order banning evictions amid the pandemic cited a 1944 public health law that gives the agency certain powers to prevent communicable diseases from crossing state lines. The Biden administration recently extended the moratorium through June.
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