But everbody knows it’s true, right?

The central issue in this appeal concerns the constitutionality of a zoning ordinance adopted by the Township of Cinnaminson that restricts the location where commercial establishments that sell adult videos and novelty items can operate. The trial court rejected defendants’ constitutional challenge, finding that the ordinance constituted a reasonable time, place, and manner restriction, was [...]

Arizona: adult bookstore hours-of-operation statute

Can we stay up late tonight? That’s what kids ask parents. It’s also what adult bookstore owners have been asking the State of Arizona ever since its legislature adopted Revised Arizona Statute § 13-1422. That statute forbids adult bookstores from remaining open during certain early morning hours. Today the Arizona Supreme Court answered that question (almost); at least the supreme court resolved [...]

A couple of recent adult entertainment decisions

This one from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The plaintiff, Doctor John’s, is an adult novelty store suing the City of Roy, Utah. This sums it up: “Although we conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion in striking the articles, even if the articles were considered as evidence under the Alameda Books [...]

Another town buys an adult business

They’re all the rage these days. “A small town in northeast Georgia has bought a strip club, but it’s not planning to get into the adult entertainment business,” reports MSNBC.com here. The town of Lavonia is not alone; other cities have taken the plunge.

The Sound of Silence

Your application to plop an adult bookstore in our town’s commercial shopping center is hereby … Dennis Loring filed a “site plan application seeking to locate an adult, sexually oriented book and video store in a shopping plaza in North Haven.” The commission said no. The trial court said yes. And now the Connecticut Supreme [...]

Borderless Bookstore

I like happily-ever-afters. In West Chester, Pennsylvania, the “St. Agnes Church has dropped its challenge to a zoning hearing board decision involving Feminique Boutique, a sex novelty shop near the church,” reports the DailyLocal.com here. Why? Well, we can only guess, but there is no definition for what the store is (i.e., an adult novelty [...]

Texas sexual device ban held unconstitutional

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reviewed Texas’s obscenity statute, and here’s how the opinion begins: This case assesses the constitutionality of a Texas statute making it a crime to promote or sell sexual devices. The district court upheld the statute’s constitutionality and granted the State’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a [...]

If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em

The City of Warren (a suburb of Detroit) has bought an adult bookstore: The city of Warren has been known to purchase private businesses to aid long-term development goals. But city officials broke new ground with their recent purchase of an adult bookstore. The rare move has given the city ownership of Book World, the [...]

Irrebuttably rebuttable

From the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals comes this decision. The appeal concerns The Lion’s Den, which opened at a rest stop off of Interstate 70 in Dickinson County, Kansas in September 2003. According to the opinion, The Lion’s Den is probably the first sexually oriented business in the County in at least 25 years, [...]

Life’s a beach sometimes

Two federal, appellate opinions concerning adult entertainment were issued this week. From the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, there is Forty One News, Inc. v. County of Lake. Long story short: 41 News, an adult book and video store, sued the county under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983, challenging the county’s adult use ordinance on federal [...]