Dallas to pay $650K to settle lawsuit over 2016 sex expo ban
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas will pay $650,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a sex exposition after the city banned it from hosting an event at a city-owned convention center.
The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved the settlement with Three Expo Events, which has held the Exxxotica event in various U.S. cities including Dallas in 2015.
Three Expo had argued the city violated its free-speech rights when officials banned it from returning the following year to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The event featured porn stars, sex toys and other displays, and Mayor Mike Rawlings at the time said it wasn’t good for the city’s image.
The event drew about 15,000 people when it was held in 2015.
The city won an early court challenge but Three Expo appealed and the case had been pending in federal court.