Melissa A. Merk

Melissa Merk represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on product liability defense. She has significant trial experience, including conducting examinations at trial, preparing company and expert witnesses for trial testimony, and participating in more than a dozen jury trials involving pharmaceutical products in state courts across the country.

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Circuits Split on CMS Vaccine Mandate, Highlighting “Great Significance” of Issue as It Heads to Supreme Court

Three circuit court decisions issued in the past two weeks have considered the CMS vaccine mandate, bringing the issue – and similar vaccine mandate lawsuits – to the Supreme Court in the final weeks of the year. The CMS mandate generally requires that facilities certified to participate in Medicare or Medicaid ensure their staff are fully vaccinated against COVID unless the employee is exempt for medical or religious reasons. CMS issued the vaccine mandate on November 5, 2021. It went into effect immediately, with staff to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.

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