Attorney General Ford Announces Win in Lawsuit by Ahern Convention Center Regarding COVID-Occupancy Restrictions

August 13, 2021


Ahern Convention Center Held Multiple Public Gatherings in Defiance of COVID-19 Directives

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that the State prevailed in a lawsuit filed by the Ahern Convention Center. Last August, the Ahern Convention Center sued the State, challenging the Governor’s COVID-19 emergency directives restricting the occupancy size for meeting facilities. Subsequently, as Nevadan’s health and vaccination rates improved, the State eliminated COVID-19 occupancy restrictions and delegated those decisions to local counties.  

Following the full briefing and argument, the district court dismissed Ahern Convention Center’s complaint with prejudice. The court ruled that the lawsuit was moot because there were no more occupancy limits imposed by the State. Further, the court ruled that the Ahern Convention Center failed to state a claim in this case because the State’s actions were reasonable under these circumstances for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Today, the court recognized what we already knew – the state has a responsibility to protect the lives of Nevadans,” said AG Ford.We need to be united as Nevadans against this deadly pandemic to defeat it, once and for all.These emergency directives are designed to keep Nevadans safe from a deadly virus while also balancing their rights as individuals. The court agreed that we struck the right balance with this directive, and I am proud of my Office for their hard work in this case.”

This matter was handled by Deputy Solicitor General Craig Newby and Deputy Attorney General Sabrena Clinton. For further information on this case, please review Case No. A-20-820072-B | 300 West Sahara, LLC, Plaintiff(s) vs. Stephen Sisolak, Defendant(s) on the Eighth Judicial District Portal website.