Federal Judge Rules in Davenport Strip Club Case - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Federal Judge Rules in Davenport Strip Club Case

Updated:

It has been a years-long fight for a Davenport strip club, and now The Chorus Line is claiming a victory. This, after a federal judge's ruling, saying the club is entitled to restitution, money it lost during the year it was closed by city leaders.

Back in 2009, City Administrator Craig Malin denied the club's license renewal, saying it sat too close to Doctor John's Lingerie Boutique. Malin said, while it had a retail license, it was also an adult entertainment establishment.  And per city code, both could not be open within 500 feet of each other.

Lower courts disagreed. The Chorus Line is open and operating. But its attorney says owners are looking for, in the ballpark of $200 thousand, for the time dancers were not on stage. Attorney Mike Meloy says the federal ruling makes that possible. "We're very happy with the ruling. We think it establishes liability on the City of Davenport's part."

The attorney representing the city, Rand Wonio, sent us a statement that reads, "The City of Davenport and counsel have studied the August 2, 2013 Ruling from Judge Robert Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The City is gratified that the Ruling threw out of court several of C. Line, Inc.'s meritless claims. The City is studying whether an appeal should be filed of the summary judgment ruling on the due process claim. The City strongly contests C. Line's lost profit claims. A Certified Public Accountant has audited C. Line's business records and found that there was missing information, especially expenses and sales tax payment records."

The club's attorney says, bottom line, it's a property rights case. "My client's property rights were violated by the City of Davenport," Meloy tells us. "And everybody in the city has property rights regarding the city. And the government shouldn't be able to come in and summarily close own your business."

A jury trial is set for mid-September.