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The California Supreme Court on Thursday gave four men the right to sue a Los Angeles nightclub for allegedly discriminating against them for offering Ladies’ Night discounts. The unanimous ruling reversed lower court decisions that threw out the suit on the grounds that the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act required the men to first demand equal treatment and be refused. “If businesses are held not to violate the act or inflict injury unless they are challenged by a patron,” Chief Justice Ronald George wrote, “their ordinary practice may revert to discrimination, with special exceptions made for individuals who happen to challenge the practice.” The four plaintiffs � including Glendale lawyer Marc Angelucci, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Coalition of Free Men, a group that advocates the fair treatment of males � sued L.A.’s Century Supper Club in 2002. They claimed the nightspot, now known only as the Century Club, discriminated by charging men $20 admission on certain nights while charging women only $15 or admitting them free. Thursday’s ruling sends the case back to L.A.’s Second District Court of Appeal for further proceedings. George also noted that defense lawyers had alleged Angelucci and the other men were professional plaintiffs who frequently file shakedown suits against businesses. While George said the court shares those concerns “to some degree,” that wasn’t an issue for the court to decide in this case. The ruling is Angelucci v. Century Supper Club, 07 C.D.O.S. 6184.

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