Podcast: Ebola, Quarantines and the Law

With Ebola quarantines making headlines, what is the law? What powers do local, state and federal governments have to quarantine people who have or are suspected of having the disease? And what are the rights and protections of the quarantined individuals?

We examine these questions and more on this week’s Lawyer2Lawyer legal-affairs podcast. Joining my cohost J. Craig Williams and I to discuss this topic are:

  • Gary Phelan, shareholder at Mitchell & Sheahan in Stratford, Conn. Phelan was recently the attorney for a Connecticut family whose little girl was not allowed to attend school for fear that she had been exposed to Ebola during her trip to a family wedding in Nigeria. The case received nationwide attention.
  • Professor W. John Thomas of Quinnipiac University School of Law, an expert in health law and frequent writer and speaker on the topic.

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