Thursday, May 21, 2020
A federal court has ruled against the owners of a New Haven nightclub who claimed in a lawsuit that government orders closing the business and threatening its continued existence are violations of fundamental constitutional rights.
U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea, in ruling against the 50's Lounge, said government has clearly established authority to limit rights when confronted by public health emergencies such as the corona virus pandemic.
Owners Michael Amato and Joy Monsanto claimed in a suit filed in April that successively restrictive shutdown orders by New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and Gov. Ned Lamont were legally unsupportable on a variety of grounds and asked for a court order that would allow them to reopen.
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