On Thursday, an Oregon resident who says she's both a long-haul trucker and a biochemist filed a suit in Boston federal court to overturn Massachusetts requirements for mask wearing in stores - saying that would infringe on her rights as a free American should she drive here and stop at one of the Walmarts off the Massachusetts Turnpike.
On Friday, US District Court Judge Richard Stearns tossed her suit, saying she had no grounds to file it to begin with.
In her suit against Attorney General Maura Healey, Huguette Nicole Young, of Junction City, OR, wrote that Covid-19 is basically just a hoax, anyway, but that Gov. Baker's requirement to wear a mask should she ever drive here again and stop in a Walmart would muzzle her First Amendment right to free speech - and possibly increase her odds of contracting the virus because masks are icky. She sought an immediate injunction to halt enforcement of the requirement.
In his order dismissing the suit the next day, Stearns said Young failed to prove she'd actually been harmed by the requirement, since she has not actually driven through Massachusetts since the pandemic, whether real or not, began this past spring. And she offered no proof that she would be returning to Massachusetts any time soon, he wrote, so she lacks the "standing" to sue or seek an injunction against the order because it has not directly harmed her and poses no immediate threat to her.
She resides in Oregon and has no plans to travel to Massachusetts. With the combined loss of her job and commercial driver’s license, it is unlikely that she will return to Massachusetts.
Young’s claims are premature as she has not shown that she will suffer hardship if court consideration is withheld.
Young's complaint (1.45M PDF).
Judge's order (490k PDF).