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|Settlement talks underway in lawsuit over Atlanta Eagle gay bar raid|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|December 03, 2010 16:34|
Attorneys for the Atlanta Eagle and the city of Atlanta are in settlement talks today, according to court documents.
A federal judge ordered both sides of a lawsuit stemming from the Atlanta Police Department's botched 2009 raid on the gay bar to meet Nov. 22 in court to attempt to mediate the case.
Court documents show that both sides went into a settlement conference on Nov. 23 that was then continued until Dec. 1. After all day in apparent settlement talks on Dec. 1, the settlement conference was continued until today. On Wednesday, both sides in the case met from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to court documents.
A gag order issued by presiding federal Judge Timothy Batten is currently in place. The order, entered Nov. 10, required the parties to meet Nov. 22 for mediation before Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman.
"Until the mediation is complete, the parties and counsel are ordered not to discuss the case with the media, other than to acknowledge that mediation has been scheduled," it said.
Dan Grossman, attorney for the Atlanta Eagle, could not be reached for comment today. Reese McCranie, spokesperson for Mayor Kasim Reed, did not return a call for comment.
Patrons and staff of the Atlanta Eagle are suing the city in federal court after the raid, and have recently asserted that the city is not providing the information they have requested in the lawsuit's discovery phase.
The Atlanta Police Department's Red Dog unit has been accused of illegally detaining the staff and patrons, searching them without warrants and using anti-gay slurs during the raid. The plaintiffs are represented by Grossman and attorneys with Lambda Legal and the Southern Center for Human Rights.
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