City Attorney Dennis Herrera files for a preliminary court order to prevent the key provisions of the so-called ‘conscience’ rule from taking effect
SAN FRANCISCO (June 4, 2019) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced he is seeking a court order halting enforcement of the Trump administration’s new rule that would allow health care staff to refuse to provide medical treatment to patients. If allowed to take effect, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new rule would threaten medical access for socially and medically vulnerable populations, including women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Herrera on June 3, 2019 filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of the so-called “conscience” rule nationwide while his legal challenge to it is being decided in court. San Francisco was the first in the country to take the administration to court over this rule, filing a lawsuit within hours of Trump announcing it on May 2, 2019. The Trump administration misleadingly labels the rule as one of conscience, when in fact it is about denying people medical care. [Read more]
City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on behalf of their respective cities against the top five oil and gas companies, asking the courts to hold them responsible for the costs of the infrastructure necessary to protect their cities from the consequences of climate change caused by their massive production of fossil fuels.
On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order is unconstitutional and exceeds the president’s power.
Five online suppliers that had been flouting both state and San Francisco law by selling illegal large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in California have agreed to a wide-ranging injunction that compels them to follow the law. The settlement agreement improves safety in California communities and ensures that rogue companies comply with the law.
In efforts to combat the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken broad actions ranging from filing lawsuits against unscrupulous landowners like Academy of Art University to cracking down on affordable housing fraudsters.
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