Court Grants a Temporary Injunction on the Release of Business Names Allegedly Connected to COVID-19 Cases

The Waukesha County Circuit Court held a hearing on Monday in the case against Gov. Tony Evers’ administration over the potential release of information about businesses that have had two or more employees test positive for COVID-19. Following a three-hour hearing, Judge Lloyd Carter dismissed both motions to dismiss and granted the request for a temporary injunction. Judge Carter had previously granted a temporary restraining order barring the release of such data that expired on Monday. The temporary injunction will now be in place until a final decision is issued in the case.

For months, the Waukesha County Business Alliance has opposed the potential release by Governor Evers’ administration of the names of businesses that have had two or more employees test positive for COVID-19. Last month, a lawsuit was filed against the Evers administration to prevent the release of names. On Nov. 6 the Alliance partnered with five chambers and trade associations to file an amicus brief in the case at the circuit court level, to illustrate to the court the importance of this case and potential harm to the business community.

The Alliance will continue to provide updates on the court case as they become available.