This sign was on the door of the Oak Ridge Business Center on the morning of Feb. 5.
Following a brief period in which an injunction allowed some sweepstakes businesses to operate without worry of being shut down by law enforcement, those protections are gone.
On Feb. 4, Superior Court Judge Robert Johnson dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Davidson County Internet sweepstakes business and International Internet Technologies, a company that develops software for sweepstakes businesses.
On Jan. 28, Johnson had signed a temporary restraining order that (1) prevented law enforcement from removing products from sweepstakes businesses that use software licensed by International Internet Technologies, or (2) warning, threatening or citing employees of sweepstakes businesses that operate IIT-licensed software. Johnson's decision on Jan. 28 was reached after Davidson County deputies had charged owners of a business with illegal possession of electronic machines and other devices for sweepstakes businesses on Jan. 15. A complaint was filed by IIT and the business, claiming that changes in software made machines compliant with the 2010 state law banning sweepstakes as gambling operations.
The state successfully argued that the N.C. Supreme Court's ruling last year already decided the matter and the sweepstakes ban should be upheld.