From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
“A federal judge on Monday rejected a bid for a preliminary injunction and set an Aug. 27 trial date in a suit alleging that Gov. Ralph Northam’s COVID-19 executive orders violate the rights of a Loudoun County businessman.
Jon Tigges, the owner of Zion Springs, a vineyard and wedding venue, filed suit last month in federal court alleging that the restrictions violate equal treatment of the laws by discriminating in categories and that Northam exceeded his emergency powers.
Tigges testified Monday that in 2019 his business grossed $1.4 million. Asked if the business was profitable, he said, “last year it was tight, it was right on the line” – and that was without the numerous cancellations he has had this year which he blamed largely on state COVID-19 restrictions.
At the end of an hour-long hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. denied the motion for a preliminary injunction, set a hearing for Aug. 3 on the Commonwealth’s motion to dismiss the suit, which was filed last month, and set a trial date for Aug. 27.”
More in the above link to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.