- Learn More
The Paul, Weiss Litigation Department is led by a team of the country’s most accomplished trial lawyers. Our litigators in New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. handle the most complex and demanding lawsuits, class actions, government investigations, criminal prosecutions and restructurings. Our clients include Fortune 50 corporations and other prominent companies in the financial services, investment, medical device, pharmaceutical, sports, technology, energy, media and insurance industries. Every day, we are called on by chief executives, board chairs, general counsel, investors and entrepreneurs for our unmatched trial skills, sophisticated business judgment and renowned strategic advice.
December 22, 2020
Litigation of counsel Martin Flumenbaum and firm chairman Brad Karp’s latest Second Circuit Review column, “SCOTUS Overrules Second Circuit on COVID-19 and Religious Worship,” appeared in the December 22 issue of the New York Law Journal. The authors compare and contrast the approaches of the Second Circuit and Supreme Court in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo. The Second Circuit viewed religious services as comparable to schools and restaurants, and did not view them as comparable to activities deemed “essential.” The Supreme Court, on the other hand, questioned Governor Cuomo’s distinction between essential and non-essential activities, and ultimately concluded that the state order treated secular activities more favorably than religious ones. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, if the Second Circuit is again called upon to consider whether a state’s COVID-related actions infringe upon individual rights, we may see a greater level of scrutiny and less deference to states. Litigation associate Sondra Saporta assisted in the preparation of this column.
» read the article