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Several downtown Orlando bars are involved in a federal lawsuit against the Small Business Administration and its directors. The Stagger Inn, Harry Buffalo and Other Bar joined a lawsuit filed on behalf of a slew of bars across Florida and Ohio, claiming they had never received grants from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund of the ‘organization.

At the heart of the complaint is the idea that minority-owned and women-led businesses received preferential treatment in the disbursement of these subsidies. The fund was initially tasked with prioritizing the claims of these groups, which was ultimately declared invalid in an individual case heard in the 6th Circuit Court.

Orlando bar associations all say they filed their applications within minutes of the application portal opening. However, they say their applications were not approved before the $28.6 billion in allocated funds ran out. The complaint blames the SBA’s internal decision to prioritize minority and women-led businesses, a practice that has since been ruled invalid in a narrowly tailored ruling.

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The plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages from the SBA and its administrators, and a statement that additional funding will not be subject to the same priorities.

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