Feds Oppose Service Members' Anonymity In Vaccine Suit
By Nathan Hale (October 21, 2021, 5:21 PM EDT) -- The federal government has urged a Florida federal court to deny a request from 16 service members to proceed anonymously in their case seeking to overturn the U.S.Department of Defense's COVID-19 vaccine mandate and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, saying they have not provided valid justification.
The plaintiffs allege a fear of retaliation in their motion, but they made no showing to support that claim and disregarded the Eleventh Circuit's criteria for allowing a party to proceed anonymously, the government said in its response on Wednesday.
"Under our system of justice, there is a presumption...
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