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When will Pfizer et. al. be liable for injuries caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?

The other answers have addressed the letter of the question you asked, but I wanted to correct a misconception in your question statement: ... It's bad enough to suffer some horrible side effect, ...
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Why is trying to get "vaccinated" into a fake arm considered fraud (in Italy)?

Article 640 of the Italian Penal Code under the heading "Crimes against property by fraud" begins (via Google Translate): Anyone who, by artifice or deceit, by misleading someone, procures ...
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Would there be legal implications in the US to modifying a real vaccine card with fake info?

The relevant NY law originally said that "Written instrument" means any instrument or article, including computer data or a computer program, containing written or printed matter ...
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How does a requirement to wear a mask infringe civil liberty?

The right that the government leave you alone All modern, pluralistic democracies have a number of specifically protected or traditional rights (for example, Australia) which at their root encompass ...
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Coronavirus - Exercise in a UK National Park

There is no clear answer, and I suspect an argument could be made either way. The relevant regulations in this case are The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. ...
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How does a requirement to wear a mask infringe civil liberty?

Exactly what liberty? The right of liberty itself. While the most basic meaning of liberty (as found in the 14th Amendment to the US constitution and other documents enumerating civic rights) is the ...
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Does ICE have the legal authority to arrest illegal immigrants who came into hospitals due to COVID-19?

ICE has a degree of authority to deport without court hearing, via an expedited process. The legal framework for such deportations are explained here, and rely on 8 USC 1225. The Secretary of DHS has ...
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Do the German contact restrictions prohibit any form of celebrating?

What most of your quotes are based on is this general consensus reached by the federal and state governments on how to proceed. The actually legal implementation happens on the state level in form of ...
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When will Pfizer et. al. be liable for injuries caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?

The protection extends until October 1, 2024 and does not depend on when the vaccine becomes fully approved by the FDA. The official notice of Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency ...
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What happens when a state loses so many people that they *have* to give up a house seat and electoral college vote? Who becomes the unlucky loser?

Nothing will happen. Wait for the 2030 census and January 3rd 2033. Representatives are only recalculated after each census. The last census and recalculation was 2020. So no ordinary recalculation ...
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Legality of adding vaccination record to the US CDC Covid card yourself

The vaccine card doesn't have a specific legal status under US law. There are federal laws against fraud which would encompass vaccine card fraud, but tidying up disparate notices into a single notice ...
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Does the New York State Governor have the authority to impose fines?

Public Health Law PBH §12(1) says Any person who violates, disobeys or disregards any term or provision of this chapter or of any lawful notice, order or regulation pursuant thereto for which a ...
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Are UK Tier 4 rules law?

Are UK Tier 4 rules law? Yes. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1374) has been amended by SI 2020/1611. Unfortunately, the amendment is ...
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Will be asked to come back to work - wife cannot due to children

According to the Michigan Dept. of Labor & Economic Opportunity, there are expanded eligibility criteria for unemployment insurance during the COVID-19 crisis. This expansion of unemployment ...
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Are hot drinks legally classed as a picnic in the UK?

There is, as far as I can see, no legal definition of picnic in England and Wales. In the absence of such, the convention applied by the UK courts is to use the normal meaning of the word; usually by ...
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How does the federal mask mandate end?

Section 2 (a) of the order says: The heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall immediately take action, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to require compliance ...
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How does a requirement to wear a mask infringe civil liberty?

A lot of incorrect answers on this one. The short answer is that as the law currently stands, mask requirements, generally speaking, do not infringe on civil liberties. People are of course free to ...
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Mask mandate for unvaccinated employees and privacy

ADA is about "disabilities", and not being vaccinated is not a disability under the law. Applicability of HIPAA is very complex and unclear. The Privacy Rule refers to and restricts the ...
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Does the New York State Governor have the authority to impose fines?

Section 29-A of Article 2-B of the Executive section of the New York Consolidated Laws: ...The governor, by executive order, may issue any directive during a state disaster emergency declared in the ...
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Coronavirus - Exercise in a UK National Park

Unfortunately government "guidance" and police policy changes rapidly and is inconsistent, especially as the Regulations are made under health legislation, which is now a devolved matter so the four ...
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What happens when a state loses so many people that they *have* to give up a house seat and electoral college vote? Who becomes the unlucky loser?

We have a recent real-life example of this sort of scenario. Hurricane Katrina caused massive depopulation of Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District. At the time, this district was mostly the City ...
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Would there be legal implications in the US to modifying a real vaccine card with fake info?

You say "absent additional legal restrictions on modifying such documents," but why are you assuming that absence? There are indeed additional legal restrictions on modifying such documents. ...
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Break lease agreement due to COVID-19

Are the reasons (mom can't stay because of covid-19 and the son is too young to live by himself) legally justifiable reasons? Unfortunately, not in this case. The landlord can prevail by arguing that ...
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Are UK Tier 4 rules law?

In spite of recent communication from the Government, I have not seen any statutory instruments pass Parliament referencing Tier 4. The statutory instrument (SI) in question is the Health Protection (...
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Harassment in Pandemic

Following you around with the intent of harassing you is stalking. I don't know whether there's going to be a law actually requiring social distancing in Florida. In other states, I've seen laws set ...
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Tenant lost the job because of covid-19 and unable to pay the rent. Now what?

Any eviction order (for non-payment) will not be enforced by the sheriff (as ordered by the court), and that is how evictions would happen. This is also required under the governor's order of March 20....
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How does a requirement to wear a mask infringe civil liberty?

The US Constitution presupposes broad liberties, and explicitly enumerates a few of them (such as freedom of religion and the right to bear arms). One of the non-enumerated right is "freedom of ...
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Forced to take COVID test or go home without newborn baby

"Medical lawyer" is really the wrong focus, this is an issue of civil rights. The question would be, is it a violation of your civil rights to prevent you from taking your baby home; is it ...
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Is it legal for a private school to make COVID testing mandatory?

First of all, even if it is not allowed to test them, you can also refuse to service someone untested - and that is not illegal discrimination, as "untested for COVID 19" is not a protected ...
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