N&R reports Judge Catherine Eagles has ruled in favor of the Greensboro City Council in its lawsuit challenging HB 263, the law redistricting the council:

“It appears on the current record that the new statute deprives Greensboro voters, alone among municipal voters in the state, of the right to change the city’s municipal government by referendum and otherwise treats the City of Greensboro and its voters differently from all other municipalities and municipal voters, without a rational basis,” wrote Judge Catherine Eagles in her order Thursday.

“The plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm should the 2015 election go forward under the new law,” Eagles wrote. “And the public interest and the equities favor a return to the pre-existing status quo pending resolution of this lawsuit.”

The city’s traditional council structure and district maps will remain in place.

Obviously the question is whether or not there will be an appeal.