Judge upholds vaccine mandate in Texas, Nissan escape accomplices plead guilty, $28 million to fly with Bezos

Julie Hyman breaks down Monday’s business headlines, including: A Texas judge upholding a Houston hospital’s vaccine mandate, 2 Americans pleading guilty to helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan, and the winner of the Blue Origin space flight paying $28 million to sit with Bezos

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JULIE HYMAN: Some of the other headlines that we are watching at this hour. A federal judge in Texas ruled that a COVID vaccine mandate for employees of a hospital system in Houston is legal. More than 100 of its 26,000 workers filed suit against Houston Methodist. You see some of them protesting here. Claiming the requirement forced them to be, quote, "human guinea pigs." The plaintiff's attorney said this is the first time a federal court has ruled on the legality of a COVID vaccination mandate.

A former Green Beret and his son pleaded guilty in Tokyo to assisting in the escape of former Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, from Japan in 2019. Americans Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor were accused of helping Ghosn flee the country in a box aboard a private jet. The pair was arrested in Massachusetts in May of 2020 and extradited to Japan in March. Ghosn is living in Lebanon, which does not have an extradition treaty with Japan.

And we now know how much it costs to go to space with Jeff Bezos, $28 million. That's how much an unidentified auction winner paid for an 11-minute suborbital flight scheduled for July 20th. This will be the first flight with passengers aboard the New Shepard rocket launch by Bezos's space company, Blue Origin. Nearly 7,600 people from 159 countries registered to bid for a spot on the rocket, and proceeds will go to Blue Origin's foundation, Club for the Future. By the way it's not just $28 million, it's also 6% buyer's commission on top of that. Myles.

MYLES UDLAND: I'm disappointed. We didn't have the view of what the capsule looks like. Because I saw someone over the weekend described it as what a teenager thinks the really nice united lounge first class area would look like. Because it is very blue, which-- hence the name.

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