Law360 reported this morning that the State of North Carolina has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in Raleigh. The suit seeks a declaratory judgment (official ruling from the court) that, by enforcing HB 2’s provisions regarding “bathroom use and changing facility use by state employees,” the state is not in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Violence Against Women Act.

Here is a copy of the lawsuit. The case has been assigned to Judge Terrence Boyle, a Reagan appointee and longtime member of North Carolina’s federal judiciary.

Assuming the State wasn’t going to give in to the DOJ, it didn’t have much of a choice but to take the offensive, given the letter received by Gov. Pat McCrory last Wednesday.

Should be an interesting next few months.