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Rhode Island Bar Journal Article

Gov. Baker Sued For Issuing COVID Decrees

Posted by Keith G. Langer | Jun 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

A national entity, The New Civil Liberties Alliance, has filed a case in Worcester Superior Court. A nonprofit organized to fight the “unconstitutional administrative state,” it seeks to nullify Gov. Baker's State of Emergency declaration, and the dozens of executive orders he subsequently issued.

Filed on behalf of ten small businesses harmed by those edicts, the lawsuit argues the governor was incorrect in adopting emergency powers under the Civil Defense Act, Specifically, the NCLA argues that law is designed for threatening crises such as invasions and natural disasters, not pandemics.

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Keith G. Langer

Keith G. Langer, Attorney at Law SERVING NORFOLK COUNTY, MA, AND SURROUNDING AREAS Solo practitioner concentrating in civil litigation, collections, family law and administrative law, particularly firearms licensing.Professional Qualifications: One of the longest-serving member of the Firear...

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