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(L to R) Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Judge Drew Tipton of the Southern District of Texas and Judge Douglas Cole of Southern District of Ohio. Photos: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

President Joe Biden’s administration is already facing its first legal battles and feeling the impact of his predecessor’s legacy on the federal courts.

At least four judges appointed by President Donald Trump have issued rulings against the federal government since Biden was inaugurated, largely over an eviction moratorium that began under Trump. Other lawsuits filed by Republican attorneys general have also been assigned to Trump judges or filed in jurisdictions where they’re likely to be assigned to a Trump appointee.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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