U.S. District Court Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the District of Columbia struck down a nationwide eviction moratorium Wednesday, calling it unlawful. Friedrich’s ruling applies nationwide. The essence of this case revolved around whether a federal agency, in this case the CDC, has the unilateral authority to make national declarations binding on all citizens. It does not.
In addition, the CDC order included criminal penalties. Individuals who violated its provisions were subject to a fine of up to $250,000, one year in jail, or both, and organizations subject to a fine of up to $500,000.
The Washington State eviction moratorium remains in effect through June.
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