On June 9, 2020 For Our Rights along with 13 other plaintiffs filed a complaint in federal district court against Governor Ige for Emergency Orders Related to the Covid-19 “pandemic” issued on March 4, 2020, claiming constitutional rights violations and a question of state law based on the 60 day provision within our emergency statute. This complaint was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Marc J. Victor with Attorney’s For Freedom.
On June 25, 2020, to avoid interfering with a possible win for the Carmichael case by having our hearings combined, For Our Rights decided to withdraw our complaint without prejudice. The judge ruled in favor of the State on the Carmichael case and For Our Rights began drafting a complaint for state court. We felt challenging the 60-day issue was our strongest chance at a win, so we changed directions but with intent to bring our federal case back in again in the future.
On September 1, 2020 For Our Rights filed in state court bringing into question the legality of the continued emergency orders beyond the 60 day boundary clearly stated in HRS 127-A 14(d). Read the complaint here:
The case was heard on November 17, 2020 and judge Kathleen Watanabe ruled in favor of the state, claiming that the law should be interpreted in a manner which would allow for extensions to the time limit regardless of the unambiguous language. Read the transcripts here:
On October 28, 2020 Levana Lomma filed a complaint in federal district court as an unrepresented litigant challenging the mask mandate in the State of Hawaii for being unconstitutional. Read the first amended complaint here:
On February 16, 2021 Defendants Connors and Ige filed a Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs First Amended Complaint however all Motions have been dismissed without prejudice pending the filing of a Second Amended Complaint: