A state-imposed door cover charge

“Strip club patrons will have to pay an extra $5 at the door, under a bill that passed the House on Wednesday,” reports The Houston Chronicle here. The Texas bill targets sexually oriented businesses (SOBs). It’s sponsored by freshman Democrat Ellen Cohen (who serves as president of the Houston Area Women’s Center), and reportedly “would [...]

Good (and bad) things come in small packages

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued this opinion yesterday. The case involves a retail novelty store, Dr. John’s, that sells a “range” of adult products. When the City of Roy (Utah) insisted that Dr. John’s submit to its sexually oriented business (SOB) licensing scheme, Dr. John’s launched a comprehensive challenge to the city’s SOB [...]

Is Store Sexually Oriented?

I stumbled across How Appealing‘s post to this article in The Dallas Morning News. At issue is whether the store is fairly characterized as an ‘adult’ store, given its nondescript inventory. The City says yes; the store says no. Our law firm is litigating similar issues with increasing frequency. Local governments enjoy wide latitude (courtesy [...]

Bye Bye Tax-y-ness

Mission accomplished: the town closed its strip club. But “[l]ongtime residents are now finding themselves in the bizarre dilemma of giving thanks for the 1999 closure of the notorious Payne Reliever strip club but missing the steady revenue it produced for the neighborhood,” reports TwinCities.com here. Now the town can scarcely afford its annual 4-day [...]