MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- On Friday, December 6th a judge lifted the City Council's suspension of 618 Live's license, ruling that the club can open effective immediately.
"The judge, upon further reflection and taking in additional evidence, ruled in our favor and found the City of Milwaukee violated our client's due process rights," said Michael Maistelman, attorney for 618 Live. "The club will be open this evening and tomorrow evening, too."
In a November Common Council meeting, 618 Live, or the Lady Bug Club as it's known, had its license suspended for 90 days. Maistelman sent an email to the council objecting to a suspension. The email was sent to a spam folder, however the council refused to allow club representatives to speak in its defense at the meeting.
"I guess it comes down to where an email was, an electronic email was sent, or how it was captured or who got it or who didn't," said Alderman Joe Dudzik.
Earlier this week, the licenses committee ruled 4-1 to renew the club's license, with Alderman Dudzik voting against it.
"I think it's unfortunate, like I said earlier, that they could open up today -- and the people that have been complaining about it will look at the Common Council and go like huh?" said Dudzik.
That recommendation will to go the Common Council on December 17th.
"It would be somewhat difficult for the Common Council, as a whole, to do anything other than grant at the recommendation of the licensing committee," said Maistelman.
The Hilton Garden Inn is suing 618 Live, attempting to have its license revoked. The club is counter suing.