LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A dormant lawsuit filed by downtown Lafayette bar owners challenging a fee to help pay for weekend security patrols along Jefferson Street could be coming back to life.

The Advocate reports five bars came together to file the lawsuit in January 2012, but little has happened since then, in part because their attorney, Daniel J. Stanford, was facing federal charges for his role in a synthetic marijuana operation.

A jury convicted Stanford last year on drug and money laundering charges, and he was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty summoned the bar owners to court, advising them the lawsuit against city-parish government might be thrown out for lack of activity.

Doherty gave them two months to find new attorneys.


Information from: The Advocate,


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