May 15, 2013 10:10 AM by AP
Several Lafayette downtown bar owners hope to strike down a special security fee without a court fight, arguing on a technical issue that Lafayette city-parish government has failed to respond to their federal lawsuit by the legally required deadline.
The federal Clerk of Court's Office on Tuesday put city-parish government on notice that it might lose the case by default for not responding to the lawsuit filed last year.
City-Parish Attorney Michael Hebert says the city-parish government will likely file court motions contesting the default judgment.
At issue in the lawsuit is a downtown security fee that the City-Parish Parish Council approved in 2009.
The fee ranged from $150 to $5,000 a month per bar, depending on capacity.