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Federal court dismisses Elvis Presley Enterprises' lawsuits against City of Memphis

The lawsuits were part of an ongoing battle over EPE’s desire to build an arena by Graceland.
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FILE - In this March 13, 2017, file photo, visitors get ready to tour Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis says a federal court has dismissed lawsuits brought by Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) against the city.

The lawsuits were part of an ongoing battle over EPE’s desire to build an arena by Graceland, and the city’s non-compete clause with FedExForum.

In a statement Thursday, the Memphis’ Chief Legal Officer Jennifer Sink said:

“We are pleased with the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss Elvis Presley Enterprises’ (EPE) lawsuit and allegations claiming retaliation by the City of Memphis over a development plan to build an arena. We have stated from the beginning that EPE’s lawsuit lacked merit and made several inaccurate representations. EPE’s desire to build an arena with public funds is at the heart of three lawsuits it has filed against the City of Memphis, and all three lawsuits have now been dismissed by the trial courts. The City has always maintained that it will oppose the use of any public funds to build an arena that competes with the FedExForum in violation of our contract with the Grizzlies.”

Federal Court dismisses Elvis Presley Enterprises' (EPE) lawsuit