Judge rules in favor of city of Westbrook in strip club suit

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 5:13 p.m.

WESTBROOK, Maine — The owner of a strip club that was open for one day before being shut down says he won’t appeal following a federal judge’s ruling that the city of Westbrook didn’t violate his constitutional rights by revoking the club’s occupancy permit.

Lawrence Ferrante filed a lawsuit against Westbrook in September 2010 a couple of weeks after the city shut down his full-nudity club, Dreamers Cabaret, the day after it opened. The city later enacted a nude entertainment ordinance.

Ferrante argued that the city didn’t have an ordinance prohibiting nude dancing and was violating his right to freedom of expression by shutting down the club.

Magistrate Judge John Rich III last Thursday ruled in favor of Westbrook.

Ferrante told the Portland Press Herald he doesn’t plan to appeal.

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