Michigan man files lawsuit over high price of movie popcorn

That’s the title of this article, which appeared in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times (online). Potential Client: So anyway, after adding the hot butter (and up-sizing to an extra-large fountain soda), the bill was, like, huge!  Lawyer: Yes. And your point? Potential Client: Do I have a case? Lawyer: No. Oh wait. That’s how the conversation should have [...]

Davenport strip club to remain open

The Iowa appellate courts continue to impress me (for one). Radio Iowa reports here that the Iowa Court of Appeals‘ decision will stand: The Chorus Line is located near Dr. John’s, an adult store. But Davenport, in an attempt to prevent red-light districts, restricts adjacent adult businesses and refused to give the Chorus Line a [...]

Is the consumption of liquor both a moral obligation and a sacred right?

I doubt it. But don’t tell that to a group known as “Ethereal Enigmatic Euphoric Movement towards Civilized Hedonism, LTD.” That group sued the State of Idaho in federal court: The Complaint alleges that Plaintiff is an organization comprised of individuals who believe that the “consumption of distilled spirits is both [a] moral obligation and sacred [...]

Sweepstakes and Guns and Bars

A couple of articles caught my eye today. First, there’s this article (by Demorris A. Lee) appearing online in today’s St. Petersburg Times. It begins: A federal judge’s ruling on whether the constitutional rights of a Pinellas County sweepstakes cafe owner were violated when deputies shut down her business could affect efforts to press criminal charges against [...]

Georgia Supreme Court upholds noise ordinance

Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. One early Saturday morning, Ian Grady was cited by a county police officer for violating Athens-Clarke County Ordinance § 3-5-24(c)(2)(a), which prohibits noise from “mechanical sound-making devices” or from a party that is “plainly audible” 100 feet away from a person’s property limits between midnight and 7:00 [...]

Springfield to defend its “family-oriented theater” alcohol ban

This article appearing today on News-Leader.com caught my eye. In the article, Amos Bridges reports that the City of Springfield (MO) will defend a new ordinance that “prohibits alcohol sales at any movie theater where customers younger than 21 account for more than 25 percent of ticket sales.” Theaters that “have achieved … IRC section 501(c)(3) status” are expressly [...]

Indiana adult bookstore ordered to cease operating as such

Last week the Indiana Court of Appeals issued this decision. A little background. Once upon a time, in early 2005, there was a plot of “land at the southwest corner of the intersection of highways I-65 and State Road 250 in an unincorporated area [that] was developed — with a building, driveway, and signage for [...]

How tattoo parlors can fight the war on terror

Not too long ago, a tattoo parlor in Florida received this flyer from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. The flyer begins by stating, “[i]t is important to remember the application of body art, including symbols commonly associated with extremist ideology, may be an exercise of the right of free speech or expression.” It ends by stating “[i]t is [...]

Adult entertainment business applicant gets another chance

Last week Ohio’s Fourth District Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision to vacate a zoning board’s decision to deny a nightclub’s application for a zoning permit. Got that? Sorry. Tortured descriptions of procedure (like that) are almost unavoidable when talking about appellate decisions arising from administrative rulings. This case presents a typical fact pattern. A would-be adult nightclub applies to [...]

Online Gambling

“Online Gambling Wildly Popular, But Legally Suspect,” is the title of this segment on NPR. It’s a good listen.