A federal judge has rejected the Los Angeles Airport Hilton's bid to block the city from imposing a living wage on airport area hotels.


U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson on Tuesday denied the Airport Hilton's request for an injunction on the living wage law, which requires the 12 hotels near Los Angeles International Airport to pay their workers at least $10 an hour with medical benefits or $11.25 without benefits. The law went into effect on July 5.


Wilson has yet to rule on the merits of the Airport Hilton's challenge to the living wage law.


The owners of the Airport Hilton, Fortuna Enterprises LP, filed a lawsuit earlier this month challenging the city's authority to impose wage standards on companies that have no direct contractual relationship with the city. The lawsuit also sought an injunction to prevent implementation of the living wage law.


The lawsuit was initially filed in state Superior Court, but the city successfully had the case moved to federal court.


The court on Wednesday released the general conclusion of Wilson's ruling and is expected to release the full text in the next few days.


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