Federal Judge Sides with City of Dallas Against Exxxotica, Case is Far From Over

Dallas appellate lawyer Chad Ruback says despite today’s “victory” for the City of Dallas, the case against porn convention Exxxotica is far from over:
This morning, a federal judge denied Exxxotica’s request for a preliminary injunction.  While the judge’s ruling is certainly a win for the City, it is not nearly as big a win as one might think.  This ruling merely signifies that the judge will not be changing the status quo until the case has been more fully developed.  Exxxotica was facing an extremely high legal hurdle to get the judge to change the status quo and force the City to rescind its decision about barring Exxxotica from the convention center.  Exxxotica’s burden will be much lower at trial. In a separate ruling also issued today, the judge denied the City’s motion to dismiss Exxxotica’s case.  If the judge had granted the City’s motion, that truly would have been a monumental win for the City.  Read together, the judge’s two rulings indicate that this case will likely be pending for a long time.  If it proceeds to trial and then to appeal, the City’s total legal bill will easily be in the millions.  So, the biggest loser today may have been the City’s taxpayers, who are footing the bill for the private attorneys who’ve been hired by the City.

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