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Sweepstakes lawsuit filed against City of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The sweepstakes debate in the city of Wilmington is going back to the courtroom.

A verified complaint filed in District Court on March 1 names the city as the only defendant in a lawsuit about the city's handling of sweepstakes parlors.

The court document explains how the plaintiffs, Mary Woodie and Players Entertainment, Inc, were denied their right to petition the city for an extension to operate. That includes a complaint that city leaders denied a public hearing for the plaintiffs to petition for more time to operate on January 8.

At that meeting, the city attorney's office made a presentation about the future of sweepstakes within city limits, according to meeting minutes. A month earlier, a ruling from NC Supreme Court found the machines to be unconstitutional.

For damages incurred, the complaint calls for an excess of $75,000 to each of the two plaintiffs.

City Attorney Bill Wolak told WECT.com that he's aware of the lawsuit, but still waiting to be served. A call to the plaintiffs' representation has not been returned at the time of this report.


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