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Businesses Ask New Mexico High Court for Covid-19 Compensation

Jan. 14, 2021, 12:25 AM

Businesses demanding money for lost revenue related to coronavirus restrictions asked the New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday to let lower courts decide if the state’s public health orders are rational.

Justices heard oral arguments in a case brought by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) and other officials who want the court to rule that state laws don’t require compensation for virus-related losses. At least 20 cases against the state in district courts argue Covid-19 restrictions, such as shut-down orders and capacity limitations, are a taking of public property for public use by the government that deserves payment.

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