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M.B. et al v. Lee et al (JRG1) (3:21-cv-00317-JRG-DCP)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

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  • MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER denying (Document 139) MOTION to Alter Judgment Denying Intervenors' Motion to Intervene as Moot filed by P.M., M.M. M.M., E.M., and D.M. fail to meet their heavy burden as movants under Rule 59(e), and their motion to alter or amend judgment [Doc. 139] is therefore DENIED. See Memorandum for details. Signed by District Judge J Ronnie Greer on 6/21/2022. (LCK)

  • MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: (Document 40) AMENDED Motion to Alter Judgment Order re (Document 35) filed by Knox County Board of Education. The Knox County Board of Educations Amended and Restated Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment [Doc. 40] is DENIED to the extent that it contends it is suffering an undue burden and that the Court committed a clear error of law.Signed by District Judge J Ronnie Greer on 10/18/21. (KDO)

  • AMENDED MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: Under Rule 65, Plaintiffs have met their burden of establishing that they are entitled to a preliminary injunction against the Knox County Board of Education and Governor Lee's Executive O rder No. 84. The Court therefore ORDERS as follows: 1. Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction [Doc. 9] is GRANTED. 2. The Knox County Board of Education is hereby ENJOINED from enforcing its September 1, 2021 vote against a mask manda te in Knox County Schools. 3. The Knox County Board of Education is ORDERED to enforcewith immediate effectthe mask mandate that was in place in all Knox County Schools during the 2020-2021 school year, as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA fo r Plaintiffs and Class Plaintiffs. 4. Governor Lee is hereby ENJOINED from enforcing Executive Order No. 84 in Knox County or allowing parents in Knox County to opt out of the Knox County Board of Education's mask mandate. 5. The Knox County B oard of Education may grant exemptions to the Court's mask mandate under Policy C-240 [Doc. 36-2], which was in effect during the 2020-2021 school year. 6. The Knox County Board of Education is ORDERED to file monthly status reports in which it identifies the number of exemptions it grants every month for students, employees, and visitors; the full names of the exempted individuals; and the specific reasons for their exemptions. The Knox County Board of Education shall also inform the Cour t as to whether any exempted individual received an exemption under last year's mask mandate as well. The Knox County Board of Education may move for leave to file these status reports under seal. The first status report is due by November 1, 20 21. 7. This case will now proceed on the merits. See Gooch v. Life Investors Ins. Co. of Am., 672 F.3d 402, 433 (6th Cir. 2012) ("[A] preliminary injunction makes a prediction about the merits ruling and is not itself a merits ruling."). 8 . The Corrected Motion of Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatrics for Leave to File as Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction [Doc. 24] is DENIED as moot. The T ennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics, however, may move for leave to file an amici curia brief in response to any future motion in this case. Signed by District Judge J Ronnie Greer on 10/12/2021. (AMP)

  • MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: The Knox County Board of Education's Amended and Restated Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment [Doc. 40] is GRANTED only to the extent that it requests leave to operate under Policy C-240 as it did du ring the 2020-2021 school year. The Court will reserve ruling on the remaining arguments in the Knox County Board of Education's motion and will enter an amended judgment consistent with this opinion. The Knox County Board of Education's Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment [Doc. 36] is DENIED as moot. Signed by District Judge J Ronnie Greer on 10/12/2021. (AMP)

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M.B. et al v. Lee et al (JRG1) (3:21-cv-00317-JRG-DCP)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

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