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Paul, Weiss Secures Complete Dismissal With Prejudice of Challenge to Santa Clara University Vaccine Policy

Paul Weiss, on behalf of Santa Clara University (SCU) and two SCU employees, secured a dismissal at the demurrer stage of a complaint brought by two students and an anti-vaccine organization challenging Santa Clara University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The 16-count complaint brought in Santa Clara County Superior Court asserted claims under the federal and state constitutions, California anti-discrimination laws, tort law and contract law; plaintiffs sought injunctive relief against the policy as well as damages. The court held that the student plaintiffs lacked standing to seek injunctive relief given their compliance with the vaccine policy and that the organizational plaintiff lacked standing because it had not identified any individual members with standing. Further, the court agreed with Paul Weiss’s arguments that the plaintiffs had failed to plead facts sufficient to state any of their claims and that their claims failed otherwise as a matter of law.

The Paul, Weiss team previously defeated two attempts by the plaintiffs to secure temporary injunctive relief against the university’s policy.

The Paul, Weiss team included litigation partners Liza Velazquez, Randy Luskey and Gregory Laufer.

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