Thursday, February 17, 2011

Power & Light dress code lawsuit dismissed but could be refiled

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge We saw this guy get kicked out of P&L for wearing a white T-shirt in 2009.
  • We saw this guy get kicked out of P&L for wearing a white T-shirt in 2009.

A federal judge dismissed a class-action discrimination lawsuit against the Power & Light District's owner, Cordish Co., after the plaintiffs failed to serve Cordish and other defendants, the Star reported. Yep, that'll get your lawsuit tossed.

However, the judge dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice, so the lawsuit can be refiled. 



The lawsuit claimed that the P&L District's dress code discriminated against African-American men. It was filed by four men --  Kirk Proctor, Jerome Porter, Rob Jackson and Marcus McMiller -- who claimed that they were let in the KC Live area but couldn't get into Maker's Mark, even though white people who were dressed just like they were went in the bar on August 29, 2009.

A federal judge has dismissed a class-action discrimination lawsuit filed last year against the Cordish Companies, operators of the Power & Light entertainment district.

The plaintiffs were after $20 million.

Cordish, of course, denied that they were discriminating against anyone.

Last May, the P&L changed its dress code to no longer lock out people wearing baggy clothing, undershirts,

sweatshirts or athletic attire.

While this lawsuit got tossed, another one is still alive in federal court, filed on behalf of an African-American family who

claim they weren't allowed

in the Mosaic nightclub while white folks wearing similar clothes were

let in during the summer of 2009. Attorney Arthur A. Benson II told the Star: "We're in the middle of discovery with mediation pending."

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