Monongalia County bars file suit against local and state officials claiming violations of civil rights during COVID-19 pandemic

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WBOY) – A dozen plaintiffs based in Morgantown are suing state and local officials claiming that they violated their civil rights as it relates to the closure of bars in Monongalia County.

According to public documents, the suit was filed Sept. 21, 2020.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include:

  • AJE Enterprise, LLC, d/b/a Whisper Night Club and Lounge; Adam Ereditario
  • BITS, LLC, d/b/a Fat Daddy’s; Briana Weisen
  • DRD2, LLC, d/b/a Almost Heaven Bar & Grill; Danielle Dufalla
  • Baby Squirrels, LLC, Baby Squirrels Saloon; Travis Tracy
  • B.F. Ugly’s d/b/a Big Times; Zach Traugh
  • Caribba Foods, LLC, d/b/a/Crab Shack Caribba and Dockside Grille; Bron Kayal
  • Cecelia’s d/b/a Joe Mama’s; Joe Blodgett
  • Extensive Enterprises; Kenneth Dufalla
  • Mountain Mamas Hot Spot, LLC, Mountain Mamas Tavern, LLC; Megan and Jacob Samples
  • SAR Tech, LLC, and SHC, LLC; Steve Reese
  • JL3, LLC, The Annex; Chris Hare
  • Ray G 4th and Goal d/b/a 4th & Goal, Rag G Scorers d/b/a Scorers; Ray Glymph

The lawsuit has been filed against West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice; West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration Commissioner Frederic Wooton; The City of Morgantown; and Interim Morgantown City Manager Emily Muzzarelli.

The lawsuit centers around the executive orders of the governor and the ordinances by the City of Morgantown limiting lawful activity are unenforceable.

The full lawsuit can be viewed here.

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