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Nail salon files lawsuit over continued closure

Ramirez et al. v. Lamont et al.

In early March 2020, Luis Ramirez closed his Hartford, CT, nail salon, following Gov. Ned Lamont's executive orders for statewide shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luis and his wife, Rosiris, have since struggled to earn income and pay rent on their salon. When Luis and Rosiris thought they'd be able to reopen on May 20, they scraped together ...

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June 15, 2020

Landlords sue to end state’s eviction ban

Bakersfield, California; June 15, 2020: Two landlords filed a lawsuit today challenging California courts' refusal to hear eviction proceedings. In its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency that oversees California's courts declared that courts would not consider eviction cases for the duration of Gov. Gavin Newsom's state-of-emergency dec ...

June 09, 2020

Nail salon files lawsuit over continued closure

Hartford, Connecticut; June 9, 2020: The owner of a nail salon filed a lawsuit yesterday against Connecticut's continued shutdown of his business. Even as many businesses in the state are allowed to open with specific safety measures in place, nail salons have been forced to keep their doors closed.  Luis Ramirez closed his Hartford nail ...

May 27, 2020

Open for business: Napa retail art galleries claim victory as county backs down in the face of a legal challenge

Napa, California; May 27, 2020: Faced with an imminent legal challenge from a local retail art gallery, Napa County officials said late yesterday that retail art galleries may open for business as part of California's Stage 2 reopening plan. Quent and Linda Cordair sought to reopen their gallery, Quent Cordair Fine Art, using social distancing, ...

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July 07, 2020

The Hill: Supreme Court ensures more educational opportunity for kids

Last week, in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court held that states cannot exclude religious schools from tax-credit scholarship programs. Parents who want to send their kids to schools that align with their values cannot be shut out of school choice programs, ensuring more educational opportunity for kids around the country ...

July 02, 2020

American Resilience: Our nation was made to survive tough times like these

In a typical year, the Fourth of July would be an occasion to celebrate America's origins, history and future. Marking the anniversary of our nation's founding should be an opportunity for reflection on the past and optimism about where we're headed. But let's face it: 2020 is not a typical year. The last six months ...

June 22, 2020

The Hill: Local governments are undermining state laws that encourage ‘granny flats’

It's well known that California is in the midst of a housing crisis that grows more severe all the time. For decades, we have seen too few homes built, and those that are built are too expensive. The poor and middle class suffer the most from the housing shortage, increasingly finding themselves priced out of ...

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