Monday, April 05, 2021

Churches' Challenge to Minnesota COVID Orders Moves Ahead

In Northland Baptist Church of St. Paul, Minnesota v. Walz, (D MN, March 30, 2021), a Minnesota federal district court refused to dismiss at the pleading stage complaints by two churches and a pastor that Minnesota's COVID-19 orders treat religious services less favorably than comparable secular activities. The decision also dealt extensively with several procedural and jurisdictional issues, as well as with other challenges by business plaintiffs.