D.A.R.E. amusement parks in the District and Arlington, Va., are not amused by a recent court decision that they can no longer use their face-planting technology in their theme parks.
parks, which operate out of their own facilities, sued the District’s Office of the General Counsel on Monday, alleging that the city violated the “disputes clause” of the U.S. Constitution by refusing to pay for the technology.
The park owners say they have no legal standing to sue and that the law is designed to protect “fair and reasonable competition.”
The law has not been enforced for decades.
A court order from April 2020 allowed the parks to continue using their face implant technology, which uses a technology that mimics the motion of the eye to detect facial expressions.
The parks said the decision was a result of an order from the D.D.C., which is in the midst of a $300 million expansion.
The new rules also allow them to use their technology to help guests interact with the parks, including at food court and in the lobby, as well as in the park’s interactive areas.
The lawsuit claims that the DDC, in its ruling, is allowing the technology to remain in place despite the city’s previous court decision.
“Because of the ‘dispute clause’ the District cannot force the operators of the amusement parks to participate in the DCC’s use of the face-detecting technology,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuits came two weeks after D.S..’s lawsuit was thrown out, citing a lack of standing by the city.
The city’s lawsuit, filed Monday, said the parks could not use the technology because it would have interfered with the operators’ ability to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.
The District is one of the most populous cities in the nation, and one of its largest, D.T..
According to the D&M’S report, the Dc. amusement industry accounts for $9.3 billion in revenue, and about $2.4 billion in gross receipts.