As the Mass. eviction ban heads to court, it’s attracting attention nationwide

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A rally in support of of efforts to block evictions for up to a year was held earlier this month outside the State House. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

A lawsuit challenging Massachusetts’ toughest-in-the-nation ban on evictions is heading to court on Thursday. And some big names are weighing in on the case, the Globe’s Tim Logan reports.

Some 30 cities and counties, including Chicago and Los Angeles, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the nation’s foremost researcher on evictions have filed briefs in the case supporting the state’s halt on nearly all eviction filings because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, a collection of landlords and trade groups are joining two Massachusetts landlords in asking a Suffolk County judge to overturn the ban immediately.

Those arguments will be heard Thursday in a Boston courtroom, as the landlords seek a temporary injunction to block the freeze while their case moves forward. Potentially at stake are the homes of thousands of renters across the state who have fallen behind on or stopped paying rent during the pandemic.

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