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Case dismissed against D.C. man banned from smoking in his own home

Edwin Gray. (WJLA)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The civil lawsuit that banned a D.C. man from smoking in his own home has been dismissed.

As the 7 On Your Side I-Team first reported back in March, a Washington judge issued an injunction against Edwin Gray, banning him from smoking after he was sued by his neighbors. That injunction has now been lifted, according to court papers filed Wednesday.

Gray and his sister, Mozella Johnson, were sued last spring by the family that moved into the rowhouse next door to their home in Northeast D.C. The family claimed it was being harmed by smoke they said was sneaking into their home through a hole in Gray's basement. A judge granted the family a temporary injunction banning Gray and Johnson, as well as any guests and family, from smoking in their home.

At the time of the decision, legal experts told 7 On Your Side the injunction could set an impactful precedent in private nuisance cases involving smoking neighbors. But this legal battle has now been dismissed based on a request from the family that brought the suit. 7 On Your Side reached out to the family's attorney to ask why they requested a dismissal. We have not yet heard back.

Reached by phone, Johnson told 7 On Your Side she was thrilled with the decision, saying, "Amen. We have all our rights back."

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