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Check this page often for the latest news from ED Publications and also from the industry’s top First Amendment and labor attorneys about legal issues and pending legislation on both the state and national level that may impact adult nightclubs. One of the best defenses against government interference and intervention in your club operation is taking steps in advance to ensure your club is operating according to existing statutes. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and our legal experts share tips on how to accomplish that.

 

 

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Winning the Chess Match

chess-pieces-2Against the City

From the “this could only happen to a strip club” file, the police came in to Play Pan in L.A. and ripped their permit off the wall—then told the club’s operators they were being shut down because they were operating illegally without a permit. Here’s what attorney Roger Jon Diamond did to defeat the police, and the city, at their own game.

This article will discuss new techniques the government is using to restrict, limit or control the opening or continued operation of adult cabarets.  For illustration purposes, this article will feature the situation in Los Angeles, but the legal “chess match” described here is relevant to the entire United States.

Lawsuits:

stamps-rules-regulationWhat can happen to club owners when they fail to plan?

Have you built your defense against a damaging lawsuit around an LLC or corporation for your club, with bank and savings accounts under your name? If so, you’re “a plaintiff’s attorney’s wet dream,” accoridng to attorney Clint Coons. But as Coons explains, he “shatters these dreams” with his rules of asset protection planning.

Premises injuries to patrons or staff, employee wage claims, drug or sex trafficking, prostitution and whatever else could go wrong despite your best training, procedures and policies, can still land you and your business in court. And, despite all of the exonerating evidence, your business could still be held liable.  

Buyer’s remorse,

Money2and the damage it can do to your club

Chargebacks have become an unfortunate inevitability in the big-spender’s world of adult nightclubs. What steps can you take to prevent chargebacks, and how much damage can be done to your merchant processing if you don’t take these steps? Attorney Clyde DeWitt explains.

Conventioneers Moe, Larry, and Curly saunter into your club after dinner and a few—or maybe more than a few—adult beverages.  One private dance leads to another; one more rounds of drinks leads to another; and pretty soon the tab is in the stratosphere.  Moe says, “It’s on me,” handing over his plastic.  This is wonderful, right?  Well, as you may know, maybe not.

Beware the dangers

Luke-Lirot-legal-censorof a pretty face!

If you or your club has been hit with a civil lawsuit from a firm representing a “stock photo model,” attorney Luke Lirot has some promising news. He enjoyed a victory with one such case in Florida, and explains why, in many cases, these suits can be defeated.

Since late 2015, and with increasing frequency up to the current date, a number of individuals have filed lawsuits against a vast number of gentlemen’s clubs throughout the country for the alleged “unauthorized” use of their “image” in various promotional materials used by the clubs. The plaintiffs are allegedly “professional models” who work in print, internet, movies and television. Some were “Suitcase girls” on “Deal or No Deal,” adding the all-important feminine pulchritude quotient to a show predicated on greed and luck. Others have been in a variety of magazines, like the pages of GQ and Maxim. Still others have been Playmates of the Month, going back some 7 to 10 years. Simply stated, these plaintiffs are among the thousands of ambitious young ladies, trading on their looks (not that we can criticize that), trying to “make it big” in some entertainment or media endeavor.  Unfortunately, it would appear that their efforts to popularize their “pretty face” has been exploited to ensnare gentlemen’s clubs.