UPDATE: Judge Rules Against Larry’s Nightclub

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A Seattle nightclub known as the poster-child of nightlife problems in the area, has lost its court battle to regain its liquor license to stay in business.

Larry’s Nightclub was suspended in an emergency action by the state Liquor Control Board on January 6th, following a stabbing at the club on New Year’s Eve. Owner Larry Culp said no one inside the club who witnessed the incident realized the victim had been hurt, much less stabbed.

“I plan to keep fighting,” he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

An attorney for Culp and his brother, Charlie, argued that the emergency suspension was a violation of due-process rights because no hearing was held before the order was issued.

The Liquor Board has kept Larry’s from selling alcohol, and mostly closed, since it was issued.

Lawyers for the state argued that no hearing was required for the emergency suspension order to be issued, and that the Culps’ due process would be served when a heaering was held later on whether to permanently revoke their license.

A Superior Court judge agreed with the state’s position, stating that the law allowing the suspension did not deprive the club owners of their due-process rights and that the Culps had not exhausted the administrative remedies available to them.

No date has yet been set for the hearing on the license revocation. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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