A rash of lawsuits against clubs by models and stock photo websites has made the industry stand up and take notice—or, at least it should. Attorney Clyde DeWitt discusses the legalities of using “stock photo” websites for club advertisement, and the perils that could await.
National unity through statewide communication and information sharing
Statewide associations of adult club owners actually pre-date the National Association of Club Executives (ACE), which was formed in 1999 by ED Publications and a group of the industry’s leading club owners and First Amendment attorneys. In particular, the Texas Entertainment Association was a going concern at an earlier date.
Over the years other states have launched adult club owner associations, some under the ACE banner and some with their own branded chapter names. Some of those statewide chapters are still going strong, while others have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another.
This year’s new EXPO Money Panel gained instant prominence as the second go-to informational event at EXPO 2015, along side the Legal Panel. Two separate monetary initiatives threaten to involuntarily convert adult nightclubs into non-profit organizations; the Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point and extreme state minimum wage increases.
The panelists were Dave Ericks, of Ericks Consultants, lobbyist for Florida SEA, the state’s ACE chapter, Warren Cato, managing partner of Club Control Systems and Bruce Renard, Executive Director of the National ATM Council, Inc. (NAC). E.D. Associate Publisher Dave Manack moderated.
What happens when a city councilman tries to fill the roles of judge, jury and executioner? An epic fail, as explained here by California-based First Amendment attorney Roger Jon Diamond.
The major impediment to the establishment of a club is the particular city in which the club is to operate. Many clubs have their origins in successful lawsuits filed against the particular city involved. Even if the club would satisfy local zoning ordinances, many cities still try to find ways to block the opening of the club. In addition to local restrictions by zoning laws many cities require permits and make it difficult if not impossible for the proposed club to acquire the necessary permit.
of your domain?
Whether you build your own website or have an “expert” create one for you, attorney Clyde DeWitt explains that there are some legal dos and don’ts you should be aware of.
The “dos” (and some “don’ts”) of the dancer classifcation issue
As an addendum to the EXPO 2014 Legal Panel, attorney Eric Bernstein provides seven tips to help club owners maneuver through the minefield that is dancer class-action lawsuits.