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MI Supreme Court hears COVID restrictions case

Michigan Solicitor Ann Sherman
Rick Pluta
Michigan Solicitor Ann Sherman

The Michigan Supreme Court held its first oral arguments of the year Wednesday. Two cases deal with business losses due to the state’s COVID-19 orders

The two cases were filed by restaurants and fitness centers that argue the state’s COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions robbed them of income that they deserve to recover. A Supreme Court ruling would affect the ability of potentially thousands of Michigan businesses to file claims against the state.

“Nearly every court nationwide has rejected the novel theory of a taking in the context of COVID-19.”

That’s Michigan Solicitor General Ann Sherman.

“Michigan’s departure from this wisdom would make it a national outlier.”

Sherman also argued that the hardships of COVID restrictions in the short term set the stage for a post-pandemic business recovery.

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