Florida Lawyer Sues State On Behalf Of Bar Owners For "Arbitrary" Order

Bar owners across the state have been told they can't serve customers on-site, while those in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties haven't been allowed to reopen at all since being shuttered in March.

These decisions are being called "arbitrary" by Stuart lawyer Travis Walker, because people can drink at full-service restaurants.

"I don't think the virus knows that if you have a beer in front of you, it will go after you versus if you have a beer and a hamburger in front of you, it won't go after you."

For South Florida bar owners, things are even worse than for those operating in the rest of the state.

"For one bar in Jupiter or North Palm Beach to be closed this entire time, while a bar in the Hobe Sound area is able to open back up, rightfully so they're mad. The idea that the dirt is different or something happened across the line is definitely very challenging."

That's why Walker says he's representing bar owners in a lawsuit against the state.

"We're approaching about 50 bars and we're signing up more and more everyday."

He's seeking class-action status in the suit that was filed this week and is offering his services pro-bono.

We reached out to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and were told they "don't comment on pending litigation."

Business owners interested in signing up for the lawsuit can Click Here, send an email to traviswalker@traviswalkerlaw.com or call 772-708-0952.

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