Might the growler find its way to Decatur?

I love the City of Decatur for many reasons. It’s diverse. It’s eclectic. It’s where I sleep at night. And, as if I needed another reason …. It’s where the growler might surface. It seems, as Decatur Metro mentioned today here, the City is tying to detemine whether it can allow retailers to both fill and sell growlers. [See also Doug Richards [...]

This Friday’s featured cocktail …


… comes in psuedo-scientific format — The Bloody Mary: [source] Read Adam Cole’s mouth-watering, chemical write-up of The Bloody Mary at NPR.org.

Catching a break this spring

Well … it’s almost spring. The Shark Lounge is a Daytona Beach “bikini bar” that, as the term suggests, offers patrons the opportunity to buy alcoholic beverages while watching female performers dance in bikinis. (The patrons don’t wear the bikinis, you understand.) Bikini bars typically operate where full-fledged adult entertainment or strip clubs cannot.  This might be because the site is [...]

Rack the table. Or not.

A law written to capture a specific business sticks out like a sore thumb.  Yesterday the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion beginning, “In this case, we consider whether a business may sue a municipality under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to recover damages it sustained by cautiously complying with an ordinance that the business claims [...]

Missouri’s adult entertainment law survives lower-court challenge

As reported by AVN [adult content] here. See an ealier mention here.

Ninth Circuit sends Alameda Books down for trial

Last Friday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its latest opinion in a seemingly never-ending case, Alameda Books, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles. The district court erred by granting summary judgment to the bookstores, in part, because credibility questions swirled around the stores’ expert witnesses; the court of appeals reasoned that material facts based on such [...]

Another unglamorous tale of a pawn star

How does one analyze an unreasonable search differently from an unreasonable seizure? Does it matter, analytically, whether a seizure was unwarranted as opposed to unreasonable? The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has the answers. It issued this decision today which begins: PPS, Inc. (PPS), the owner of the EZ Cash Pawn Shop in Little Rock, Arkansas (EZ), [...]

An alternative to double-secret probation

An opinion issued today by the First Circuit Court of Appeals begins: The town of Narragansett (the Town), a sleepy seaside community in southern Rhode Island, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern seaboard. Each summer, the Town experiences a substantial influx of seasonal residents. Each fall, the Town empties out, leaving [...]

A time for change

Here’s a down-to-the-wire 2010 decision … D. Russo, Inc. v. Township of Union. In this case, a strip club and an adult bookstore sued a New Jersey township, challenging the constitutionality of the town’s Sexually Oriented Business ordinance. But the town didn’t simply read the lawsuit and relent; it elected to fight. Eventually, though, the township amended the challenged SOB ordinances. Then [...]

Alcohol Regulation Roundup …

… is the title of this handy post from Michelle Minton for OpenMarket.org. Among other tidbits, we learn that, in “Colorado, the newly elected governor, John Hickenlooper, gives those pushing for full-strength beer in grocery stores little hope”; “In Illinois, Crain’s Chicago Business released their investigative report that shows big distributors of beer are employing illegal [...]