Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and a group of business owners suing him for closing them down during the COVID-19 pandemic have asked the state’s top court to weigh in on whether the governor overstepped his authority during the crisis.

In a joint petition to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday, Baker and the plaintiffs agreed the case should be taken out of state court and handed to the justices soon, though the governor said he still takes issue with the claims by the New Civil Liberties Alliance.

Published in Law360