Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing all “non-life-sustaining” businesses as a means to combat the spread of the coronavirus constitutes an uncompensated taking in violation of the Fifth Amendment, a federal class action lawsuit has claimed.

Bucks County-based handbell production company Schulmerich Bells and several recently laid-off employees filed a class action lawsuit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The suit raises substantive and procedural due process claims under the 14th Amendment, and argues that Wolf’s decision to shut down most businesses constitutes an uncompensated seizure in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

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