Federal Court Denies Preliminary Injunction for Taboo Adult Store

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A federal judge has denied Taboo Adult Store's motion for an injunction to allow them to remain open while their case against the city of Columbia proceeds through the court system.

The Devine Street store's owner, Jeff White, is suing the city in federal court, claiming Columbia violated his constitutional rights.

The city denied the business a new permit late last year. White claims the city unfairly targeted him because of the type of business he runs.

In the federal judge's ruling, the judge says Taboo failed to meet guidelines used to determine if an injunction is warranted. Those guidelines include if the business would suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief, and the injunction is in the public interest. Judge Terry Wooten wrote the only question in the case for the court to decide is whether Columbia's adult business ordinances violate the Constitution.

Thomas Goldstein, who represents Taboo, tells News19 that his office plans to ask the judge to reconsider the injunction. If that fails, the legal team will have to decide how to move forward.

Documents filed in federal court list January 5, 2015 as the possible start of jury selection if the case moves to trial. Columbia's attorneys filed documents Monday asking for the case to be thrown out. The city's attorneys say the ordinances outlining hours, locations of adult businesses are legal.


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