Several hundred restaurants in New York City have filed a $2 billion class-action lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the "catastrophic" indoor dining ban they have left in place since March.
Even as restaurants around the state have been allowed to reopen their indoor dining rooms, those in the densely populated city have been barred from returning to work. The lawsuit claims that restaurant owners in the city have been deprived of due process.
"[Cuomo and de Blasio] have unilaterally suspended civil liberties and announced that this state of affairs will continue even over the Legislature's objection. The Governor nor the Mayor have not disclosed and/or disclosed only a minimal amount of the data or methodology used to create the modeling that purportedly justifies this extreme action," the suit argues.
The multiple defendants are seeking $2 billion of "just compensation," as well as an injunction that prevents the future enforcement of the arbitrary restrictions.