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WMC v. Evers: Wisconsin Supreme Court To Review Case on Release of Business Names with COVID-19 Cases

MADISON – The Wisconsin Supreme Court revealed on Thursday it will hear arguments in Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) v. Tony Evers.

WMC filed the lawsuit last October after learning that information on more than 1,000 businesses would be released by the Evers Administration if they had at least two employees who tested positive for COVID-19 – regardless of where the employees contracted the virus. Additionally, the names of businesses could be released even if they had no employees test positive but had two or more contact tracing investigations.

The lawsuit asked the court to block Gov. Evers and his Administration from releasing this information that could reveal private medical records and cause irreparable harm to WMC, its members and their employees.

 After learning the Supreme Court would review the case, WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer released the below statement:

“We are thankful that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case. WMC and our members hope the Supreme Court will overturn the lower court’s decision and protect the privacy of Wisconsin’s businesses and their employees. As Gov. Evers has pointed out himself, this is private information, and we believe it should stay that way.”




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