A Michigan law firm filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of five small business clients, claiming Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Dept. of Health and Human Services Dir. Robert Gordon violated their constitutional rights.
The five businesses include Signature Southeby’s International Realty, Inc.; Executive Property Maintenance, Inc.; Intraco Corporation, Inc.; Casite Intraco, LLC; and Bahash & Company, LLC. They are demanding a trial by jury and “a declaratory and injunctive relief” from a stay-at-home order.
“The lawsuit cites speculative modeling on the infectiousness and lethality of a new coronavirus. Governor Whitmer has issued executive orders that have shuttered civil society, placed 10 million people under house arrest and taken jobs away from nearly 1.2 million people, all without due process of law.”
The companies’ lawyers announced the lawsuit around the same time U.S. Atty. Gen. William Barr announced a federal review of the constitutionality of the shutdown orders imposed by state and local officials.