Judge's Ruling in Massage Parlors' Lawsuit Rubs Spa Owners the Wrong Way

Long story short: Back in December, D ran a story by former Observer-er Tom Korosec about the city's efforts to shut down nine brothelsmassage parlors, among them the Cleopatra Day Spa, Moon Night, The Passion, 333 Bodyworks and 7th Heaven starring Stephen Collins. Around the same time, the massage parlors sued Dallas, claiming the city had revoked their certificates of occupancy without due process. At which point, the city fired back: Said City Attorney Tom Perkins, "The certificates of occupancy were revoked because each application for a certificate of occupancy did not state that the use would be operated as a massage establishment, nor did the applicant supply a copy of a massage establishment license."

Which brings us to last month. I was looking for something unrelated on Pacer last night and discovered that on March 25, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade dismissed the parlor owners' claims -- most with prejudice, meaning: That's that. Only, the plaintiffs would like a much happier ending, which is why, last week, they filed a motion for a rehearing. Among the reasons offered: "Complainants are spas and do not concede that Complainants offer massage services to customers." Good luck with all that.

The two filings follow. Jump for 'em, and remember to leave a tip.

Bellagio Partners v City of Dallas Judgment
Bellagio Partners v Dallas Motion for Rehearing

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