Otsego Co. Judge Rules in Favor of Iron Pig Smokehouse’s Appeal of Citation Issued by MDHHS

An Otsego County judge has ruled in favor of the Iron Pig Smokehouse’s appeal of a citation issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord had petitioned the court following a ruling that the restaurant had violated the emergency order that forced restaurants to close during the lockdown by remaining open and serving customers.

The court found that the section of the health code that allows the director of MDHHS to issue emergency orders was not specific enough to how much power that entails or how long the order can continue.

As a result of the ruling, any penalty Iron Pig faced for staying open during the shutdown, including a $5,000 fine, are void.

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