COLUMBIA -- A federal judge has refused to stop the city of Columbia from closing an adult store.

The State newspaper reported U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten has refused to block the city's efforts to close the sex shop Taboo.

Wooten says he does not think owner Jeffrey White will succeed in his lawsuit to force the city to allow the store to remain open permanently.

City officials would not say if they will move more quickly to close the store.

White's attorney, Tommy Goldstein, says he will ask Wooten to reconsider his decision.

Goldstein says, otherwise, the request for an injunction could be sent to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.

Wooten set the trial on White's lawsuit against the city for early next year.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com