Franklin Gym Owner Files Suit Against Gov. Murphy Over COVID-19 Shutdown

The owner of CKO Kickboxing in Franklin has filed a lawsuit against Governor Phil Murphy in Sussex County Superior Court over the shutdown of non-essential businesses. The suit, filed on behalf of Darlene Pallay, says that Murphy violated the law by not implementing the compensation program mandated by the Disaster Control Act. It also claims that Murphy's executive orders violate both State and Federal Constitutions.

Pallay's business was closed on March 16th due to Murphy's orders and only reopened for outdoor classes in June. The suit states that CKO Kickboxing Franklin hasn't reopened for indoor classes because limited capacity restrictions prevent the business from making enough money to offset operating expenses.

Pallay is represented by Robert W. Ferguson, Esq., of the law firm of Stern, Kilcullen and Rufolo, LLC and Catherine M. Brown, Esq. The suit was filed through Rescue New Jersey, a non-profit advocacy and educational organization that promotes integrity, transparency and ethics in government.


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