BURNT OUT: French Quarter Businesses Lose Their Fight Against Smoking Ban

Over 50 French Quarter business owners have lost their fight against New Orleans’ most recent controversy: The notorious smoking ban.

Yesterday, Orleans Civil District Judge Robin Giarrusso ruled against bar owners in the civil lawsuit, saying that the business owners’ argument, that the ordinance was “vague” and that the New Orleans City Council did not follow proper procedural measures when passing it, were untrue.

“There is nothing vague as all the terms either have a settled meaning in law or are understandable by an ordinary citizen,” Giarrusso wrote.

French Quarter business owners filed the civil suit soon after the smoking ban became city-wide law. In the lawsuit, business owners called out both Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council as defendants in the case. City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell pushed the ordinance for months, claiming that the smoking ban was necessary for public health concerns. This can be accessed from this android mobile casino site from here and android casino app.

The lawsuit said that City Council members were never given a fiscal note, which clearly stated how much the city could lose in revenue because of the smoking ban, prior to voting on the issue.

Harrah’s Casino, Pat O’Brien’s, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the Tropical Isle and restaurant owners from Broussard’s, Kingfish, Cafe Maspero, as well as the French Quarter Business League all signed onto the lawsuit as plaintiffs in the case.

 

 

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