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Trial date set for strip club case

John Ferraro, owner of Ferol LLC and Six Star Holdings LLC, both based in Menomonee Falls, sits June 5, 2012, at a bar in Silk Exotic, 11400 W. Silver Spring Road, Milwaukee. Ferol and Six Star Holdings made a settlement offer that it will drop its lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee if it grants a liquor license for a club that Ferraro wants to open at 730 N. Old World Third St. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

A trial date has been set for strip club owner Jon Ferraro (above) and his case against the city of Milwaukee. Ferraro wants to open a club at 730 N. Old World Third St. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

A federal judge has set a January trial date for businessman Jon Ferraro’s claim that the city of Milwaukee illegally barred him from opening a strip club.

Ferraro, who owns strip clubs throughout Wisconsin, sued the city in October 2010 after it denied his application to open a downtown Milwaukee strip club. Ferraro then applied for a tavern amusement license under an ordinance the city repealed before acting on his application. That action prompted Ferraro to amend his lawsuit to claim the ordinance had been unconstitutional.

U.S. Circuit Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the ordinance was not unconstitutional but determined the city is liable to Ferraro for its failure to act on his application.

A trial has been set for Jan. 12 to determine the extent of those damages.

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Beth Kevit is the Milwaukee city beat reporter and also covers real estate. She can be reached at [email protected] or 414-225-1820.

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