A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Miami Beach by the owner of a failed nightclub.
The 2013 lawsuit by former Ocean Drive nightclub owner and FBI informant Haim Turgman sought $15 million in damages. The suit claimed a pattern of harassment by city inspectors that led to the closure of Club Dolce.
The lawsuit was dismissed in 2016, but the ruling was overturned. Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Mark Blumstein dismissed the suit.
“Plaintiffs have not offered any evidence that the City acted with deliberate indifference to procedural due process rights or that the City caused or acted as “the moving force of the constitutional violation...,” Blumstein wrote in his order. “Plaintiffs simply seek to hold the City vicariously liable for the unlawful actions of certain rogue City employees.”
The club will again appeal the lower court’s decision.
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