SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Supreme Court says the state has no obligation to compensate businesses for financial losses and expenses due to emergency health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unanimous opinion Monday scuttles about 20 lawsuits filed last year in district court. The original plaintiffs argued that aggressive health restrictions from the state government constituted a regulatory taking much like the taking of land for public works projects.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had urged the Supreme Court to block the lawsuits. The governor has signed into law a variety of temporary grants, minimal-interest loans and tax breaks for businesses in response to the pandemic.