DALLAS - They say when it rains, it pours. Well, it looks like the City of Dallas is about to get wet, folks.
Mayor Mike and the Dallas City Council were warned a legal battle would come if they banned the Exxxotica adult expo from the convention center...
"We have a hundred lawyers that say if we do this, if we ban this event, we will be sued," District 9 Councilman Mark Clayton told the council before the vote two weeks ago.
"This event is protected under the First Amendment," District 1 Councilman Scott Griggs added.
But they voted to ban the XXX convention anyway. And now, a storm is brewing.
J. Handy, Exxxotica's director, told NewsFix their lawsuit was ready to go, and they'd told their lawyer to "file at will." Exxxotica's suit has been expected since the Council's vote and experts say they're likely Exxxotica's likely to win.
Surprisingly, Exxxotica's suit won't be the first one filed in response to the city's ban. That honor goes to one Mr. Justin "Chino" Salas.
His suit claims his business was supposed to be a vendor at the now-banned event, and that he planned to attend, "...as a private citizen viewing the artistic and commercial offerings of Exxxotica."
We'll have to wait and see if these lawsuits get tossed, or if they turn into a class-action nightmare for a city that still has another adult expo knocking at the door.
Either way, this is a battle the city will fight on the taxpayers' dime. It's a decision Mayor Mike Rawlings claimed as his own back on February 10.
"It was me," Rawlings said. "So I will take accountability. Good or bad."
The question now is: was it worth it?