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Scott Steepleton, Editor
11:37 am PDT May 5, 2021

In a ruling that could affect renters in Malibu, a federal judge on Wednesday vacated the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide eviction moratorium, intended to prevent people forced out of work because of sweeping coronavirus restrictions from losing their home and help prevent the spread of the virus.

The 20-page order by U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich says the moratorium, put in place during the Trump administration and set to expire June 30, is beyond CDC’s authority.

“It is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic,” the judge’s order states. “The question for the court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not.”

The U.S. Justice Department immediately said it would appeal the judge’s ruling.