Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA & Canada et al v. New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene et al

Defendant: New York City Board of Health, Thomas Farley and New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Plaintiff: Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA & Canada, Agudath Israel of America, International Bris Association, Samuel Blum, Aharon Leiman and Shloime Eichenstein
Amicus: Infectious Diseases Society of America, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
 
Case Number: 1:2012cv07590
Filed: October 11, 2012
 
Court: New York Southern District Court
Office: Foley Square Office
County: Kings
Presiding Judge: Naomi Reice Buchwald
 
Nature of Suit: Constitutional - State Statute
Cause of Action: 42:1983 Civil Rights Act
Jury Demanded By: None

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January 10, 2013 52 Opinion or Order of the Court MEMORANDUM AND ORDER denying 11 Motion for Preliminary Injunction. This case implicates interests of the highest order. On the one hand, plaintiffs assert that section 181.21 burdens one of the foundational rituals of their Jewish faith. On the oth er hand, defendants maintain that this ritual places infants at a serious risk of a potentially deadly infection and that parents might be unaware that their children are being exposed to this risk. The function of our law on free exercise of religio n is to balance these conflicting interests and reach a principled resolution. Plaintiffs may defeat the regulation only by rebutting a strong presumption that the regulation is constitutional. For the reasons stated herein, plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction is denied. The stay of enforcement of section 181.21 is hereby terminated. (Signed by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on 1/10/2013) Copies Mailed By Chambers. (ft)

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Defendant: New York City Board of Health
Represented By: Michelle L. Goldberg-Cahn
Represented By: Rachel Kane Moston
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Defendant: Thomas Farley
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Defendant: New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
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Plaintiff: Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA & Canada
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Plaintiff: Agudath Israel of America
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Plaintiff: International Bris Association
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Plaintiff: Samuel Blum
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Plaintiff: Aharon Leiman
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Plaintiff: Shloime Eichenstein
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Amicus: Infectious Diseases Society of America
Represented By: Akiva Shapiro
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Amicus: Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Represented By: Akiva Shapiro
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Amicus: American Academy of Pediatrics
Represented By: Akiva Shapiro
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Amicus: American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
Represented By: Akiva Shapiro
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