Judge orders U.S. to respond to CDC eviction ban challenge by Friday

Judge orders U.S. to respond to CDC eviction ban challenge by Friday

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A “For Rent” sign is displayed in front of an apartment building in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., June 20, 2021. REUTERS/Will Dunham/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S judge early Thursday ordered the Biden administration to quickly respond to a legal challenge to a new eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ordered the Justice Department to respond by 9 a.m. Friday. The Alabama Association of Realtors and others said in an emergency filing late Wednesday that the CDC issued the new order “for nakedly political reasons – to ease the political pressure, shift the blame to the courts for ending the moratorium, and use litigation delays to achieve a policy objective.”

A White House official defended the revised order as a “new, targeted eviction moratorium—focused on counties with High or Substantial case rates.”

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