On Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that some hospitals have not been adequately vaccinated against coronavirus and ordered the states to allow them to continue operating in the state.
The case, filed by the Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit health organization, is the latest in a growing trend of lawsuits filed by medical facilities that are refusing to vaccinate their patients.
In July, a Texas judge ordered the state to allow a medical facility to continue offering vaccinations to the people of that state even as a federal court blocked the state from doing so.
That ruling led to a nationwide crackdown on vaccination practices.
The case in California, meanwhile, centers on whether some facilities, including a hospital in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, have violated federal law by not vaccinating their patients against the coronaviruses.
This story has been updated to include additional information.