The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a COVID-19 wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing home belongs in state court, siding with the only other federal appeals court to rule on the venue issue so far.

The panel, composed of Judges Lawrence VanDyke and Ryan Nelson and U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier, held that claims brought by the relatives of a man who died at a nursing home are not completely preempted by the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act.