Small business owners file suit against Gov. Newsom, other CA officials over coronavirus closures

Seven small businesses in California are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other Los Angeles officials over closures due to the coronavirus.

The lawsuit alleges that forced shutdowns of small businesses violate civil liberties and have a long-term economic impact.

“Defendants’ orders have proximately and legally caused tremendous financial harm not just to Plaintiffs businesses, but to the entire California economy,” the suit says.

“We’ve got small businesses that have been effectively put out of business or forced to close literally without rhyme or reason,” lead attorney Mark Geragos of Geragos and Geragos in Los Angeles told ABC News.

The seven businesses include Gondola Adventures, Inc.; Hernandez Productions, Inc.; King’s Pet Grooming, Inc.; Sol De Mexico, Inc.; Wildfire, Inc.; Ybanz Gonzalez, Inc.; and Yreka Food Enterprises, LLC.

“Non-Essential businesses might never financially recover as a result of Defendants’ Orders and may end up entirely out of business,” the suit states.

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