Department of Justice attorneys asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to deny a permanent injunction jointly sought by states and businesses seeking to challenge the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate, according to its filing late on Monday.

Various states, including a group of 11 in the Central and Western portions of the U.S., filed a lawsuit on Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit calling the coronavirus vaccine mandate for private businesses with 100 employees or more unconstitutional. Other lawsuits were filed in the Sixth, Seventh, Eleventh and D.C. circuits.

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