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 [...]

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 [...]

More States Allowing Guns in Bars

That’s the title to this provocative article (written by Malcolm Gay) appearing in The New York Times this week. He writes: Happy-hour beers were going for $5 at Past Perfect, a cavernous bar just off this city’s strip of honky-tonks and tourist shops when Adam Ringenberg walked in with a loaded 9-millimeter pistol in the [...]

Showdown in Missouri

“The Show Me state is headed for a showdown over a move to rein in the adult-entertainment industry at a time when every job counts—even those of strippers,” reports Joe Barrett for the WSJ.com here.  According to the article, Missouri’s “Republican-controlled legislature [recently] passed one of the nation’s toughest state laws aimed at strip clubs and other adult-entertainment venues. It [...]

It never ends

That’s what they say about parenthood — Happy Father’s Day. Here’ an unpublished opinion issued last Friday by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. A little background: In 1994, El Paso Entertainment (a strip club) sued the City of El Paso, challenging the validity of its zoning ordinances regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses. Before that issue could be resolved, the City and [...]

I’m Really Sorry: but here’s your 1099.

“The IRS is finally cracking down on the way strip clubs give $10 to $100 in bonuses to taxi and limo drivers for every customer they deliver. In a month or two, the IRS is expected to demand that strip clubs give 1099 forms to drivers.” That’s how this article by noted columnist Doug Elfman for [...]

May I rent your stage?

To hear Quansa Thompson talk of her life as an exotic dancer, to listen to her describe how men offer cash as she sashays, gyrates and jiggles the night away, is to evoke a thousand titillating thoughts, not a single one having anything to do with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. That [...]

Faith in the rule of law

“Outrage over a 20-foot, anatomically correct stallion outside a strip club in rural northern Mississippi could lead to a new law allowing counties to regulate such establishments,” begins this article by Shelia Byrd in BusinessWeek. According to the article, the bill would give Mississippi’s 82 counties the option to draft regulations for strip clubs that [...]

Strip club’s stewardship disappoints family watchgroup

When Cowboy’s applied for a liquor license, “[o]pponents, including WyWatch Family Action members, crowded commission meetings for the initial approval in September 2008 and for the renewal in February 2009, saying the establishment[] would cause an increase in sex crimes, exploitation of women, prostitution, and the promotion of obscenity,” reports Tom Martin here for the [...]

Don’t mess with Pole Taxes


“The Texas Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s $5 charge on strip club patrons violates the First Amendment right of free expression,” begins this article by Chuck Lindell for Austin Legal. Last June, Texas’s Third Court of Appeals in Austin issued a 2-1 ruling affirming a 2008 decision by state trial court to strike down the [...]