COVID-19 relief loans are a no-go for go-go couples, a New York federal appeals court has ruled.
The decision upheld a bank move to deprive the Buffalo-area strip club of a $ 350,000 coronovirus relief loan.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the bank’s refusal to loan to the Gentleman’s Club of the Pharaohs did not violate the law because the federal payment protection program prevented the funds from going to couples.
Pharaoh’s lawyers in Chikatowaga argued that the ban violated the club owners’ constitutional right to freedom of speech.
But the appeals court agreed with a lower court ruling that barred the club from obtaining loans, ruling that the decline in funding activities covered by the First Amendment did not violate the club’s constitutional rights.
A club lawyer said Buffalo news That he was “troubled by the decision” and was weighing options to proceed with the appeal.
With post wires