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Court dismisses lawsuit from Des Moines bars over brief virus shutdown

Iowa State Capitol Building
Posted at 2:53 PM, Feb 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 15:53:03-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Gov. Kim Reynolds by a group of six Des Moines area bars that challenged her brief shutdown of their businesses in August and September 2020 when COVID-19 was rapidly spreading.

The bars initially sought damages but later dropped those claims and were asking the court to allow their case to go to trial so they could pursue a case to limit the governor's powers to close targeted groups of businesses during a proclaimed emergency. Their case was dismissed by a state court judge who concluded the case was moot because the bars were closed only for a short period and then reopened by the governor.

The Iowa Supreme Court agreed Friday and affirmed the dismissal.

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