Michael Abella Aug. 31, 2016, 11:39am


BATON ROUGE — A Baton Rouge shopping center owner is suing the governor of Louisiana and the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff, alleging violation of his civil rights with an illegal curfew. 

Brian Ott, owner of Riano’s LLC doing business as Uncle Earl’s filed a lawsuit Aug. 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against Louisiana Gov. Jon Bell Edwards, and Sid Gautreaux, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff, alleging violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 16, Edwards issued an executive order granting the chief law enforcement officer authority to establish a curfew. The suit says this tortious interference has resulted in and will continue to result in a loss of business revenue, goodwill, and liberty to operate plaintiff's business without financial injury. 

The plaintiff alleges Edwards and Gautreaux deprived him of his rights secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States and tortuously interfered with his business operation.

Ott seeks a trial by jury, judgment, jointly and severally, to be determined by the evidence, plus attorney fees and all relief the court deems appropriate. He is represented by attorneys Jarrett P. Ambeau of The Ambeau Law Firm LLC in Gonzales, and by Juan M. Delgado of Baton Rouge.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:16-cv-00549

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