LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A Davidson County judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday which sought to keep authorities in North Carolina from enforcing a ban on Internet sweepstakes businesses.
The Dispatch of Lexington reported Superior Court Judge Robert Johnson allowed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed last week by two sweepstakes stakeholders in Davidson County.
International Internet Technologies and a local business owner were seeking a preliminary injunction, enjoining authorities from enforcing a sweepstakes ban until a judge could make a ruling about the company’s new software.
The state argued a recent decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court to uphold the sweepstakes ban already decided the matter.
Eddie Caldwell, executive vice president and general counsel to the N.C. Sheriff’s Association, said the association was pleased that the judgment dismissed the lawsuit in its entirety.
“Any law enforcement agency with jurisdiction will be able to enforce the law as the General Assembly wanted them to,” Caldwell said. “Judge Johnson has recommended that the General Assembly and the Supreme Court meant exactly what they said.”
Attorneys for the plaintiffs left the courtroom without commenting on the decision.