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DC Segway Tour Business Loses Lawsuit Against City

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File photo of people riding Segways in D.C. (Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

File photo of people riding Segways in D.C. (Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The operators of a Washington Segway tour business have lost a lawsuit against the city over regulations that require tour guides to be knowledgeable about city history and architecture.

Bill Main and Tonia Edwards, who operate Segs in the City, sued in 2010. They said regulations that require guides like them to take a test and obtain a license violate their free speech rights. The city countered that its regulations don’t restrict what a tour guide can say on a tour.

On Thursday Judge Paul L. Friedman issued a one-page order granting the city’s request to dismiss the case. Friedman did not immediately issue an opinion explaining his reasoning.

Robert McNamara, a lawyer who represents Segs in the City, said he intends to appeal.

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