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San Diego Law Firm Files Federal Lawsuit Against Dr. Wilma Wooten Over Mask Mandate

Lawsuit Alleges San Diego Health and Human Services Order Violates Individual’s Constitutional Rights

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 1, 2020) — On Monday June 1st, 2020, local San Diego based law firm, Arete Law A.P.C. filed a federal lawsuit against Dr. Wilma Wooten, Nick Macchione, and Helen Robbins-Meyer, alleging that the requirement to wear a facial covering when in public violates both U.S and California Constitutional rights.

The lawsuit details through numerous studies how the wearing of either surgical or cloth facial coverings do not help prevent the spread of COVID-19 or protect someone from getting infected by it. Further, the lawsuit alleges little to no asymptomatic transmission.

“Our goal with this lawsuit is to inform Dr. Wooten and those who created this measure of the science and data that is out there regarding facial coverings and the spread of COVID-19,” says attorney Philip Mauriello Jr. “The truth is that any argument they put forth is met with scientific studies disproving any rationale for masks.” Mr. Mauriello goes on to say; “Was the order to prevent the spread? Protect others? Stop the spread because of asymptomatic carriers? Our lawsuit shows that any of those reasons are not backed by science and thus the mask mandate is an unnecessary violation of our Plaintiff’s constitutional rights.”

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court of the Southern District of California on Monday.

Arete Law A.P.C. is a San Diego based firm specializing in various areas including civil rights, constitutional law, estate planning, and business advising.

“If you would like more information about this topic, please call Philip Mauriello Jr. Esq. at 619-693-6474 ext. 700 or email at”


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