Los Angeles Restaurants See Partial Win In Dining Ban Suits

Law360 (December 10, 2020, 1:03 PM EST) -- A California state judge has ruled that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health overstepped its bounds when banning outdoor dining due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the county health director's restaurant closure order is an abuse of the department's emergency powers.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant wrote in a 46-page order on Tuesday that County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer failed to perform a required risk-benefit analysis and had no rational justification for the department's Nov. 22 restaurant closure order that prohibits any outdoor dining regardless of capacity or curfew.

But the judge said the proper...

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