(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of bars and restaurants have asked a state judge to strike down a smoking ban that they say is hurting business.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Civil District Judge Robin Giarusso took the case under advisement following an hour-long hearing Tuesday.

Attorneys for bars and restaurants argued that the law was "improperly promulgated" because the City Council received information outlining the financial burden the ban would have at the last moment.

Assistant City Attorney Christy Harowski argued the councilmembers were given adequate time to consider the financial impact.

In a new twist, lawyers said Harrah's New Orleans casino asked to be dropped from the case. The casino has been critical of the ban.

The ban on smoking in public places went into effect in April.


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