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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
State regulators voted unanimously Thursday to create an advisory committee to consider increasing regulation of California's porn industry, including mandating the use of condoms and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Guy Prescott, director of safety for Operating Engineers Local Union #3 and one of six members of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health's standards board, said he had planned to vote against the measure but changed his mind after hearing from performers and others in the porn industry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2009 | By Victoria Kim
When it comes to adult entertainment, the Flynt name is not to be messed with -- even by other family members, a federal jury has concluded. A four-man, four-woman panel sided with Hustler publisher Larry Flynt on Friday in the porn mogul's trademark infringement and false endorsement claims against his nephews, who attempted to launch their own line of adult films under the family name. The family feud was the subject of a four-day trial this week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2009 | Ben Fritz
On a recent Saturday night, Savannah Stern earned $300 to hang out for seven hours at a party in Santa Monica wearing nothing but a feather boa. The veteran of more than 350 hard-core pornography productions took the job to earn extra cash and to network. But the word at the 35th anniversary party for Hustler magazine was not heartening, especially among the roughly 75 other women working there. "At least five girls I haven't seen in a while came up to me and said, 'Savannah, are you working?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2009 | Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt has been called a lot of things over the years. But he insists that the Flynt name still stands for quality when it comes to adult entertainment. So this week, he filed suit against two nephews who are using the family name for their own line of adult films.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2008 | BLOOMBERG NEWS
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is dropping a requirement that the provider of a proposed free Internet network block adult content from the service. Martin's plan calls for the FCC to sell 25 megahertz of airwaves and then require the buyer to use a quarter of that spectrum to provide free wireless Internet access. Originally, he wanted the winning bidder to install filters that would block children under 18 from accessing pornography.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
When you hear the phrase "zoning law," you probably yawn. But what if enforcement of the zoning law provokes a lawsuit? And that lawsuit is on behalf of the Deja Vu Love Boutique, which sells sex toys and other things for adults? Industry Boutique sued the city of Industry last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The Nevada company, which operates Deja Vu Love Boutiques in cities across California, accused the city of "violating Deja Vu's free-speech rights under the federal and state constitutions" and of preventing its customers from gaining access, from the comfort of the sex-items shop, to all the wonders that the Internet has to offer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a new trial be held to determine if the city of San Bernardino intentionally misled a judge during its battle to close down a notorious strip club that officials said was actually a brothel. The Flesh Club closed in 1995 for nearly five years, after a judge issued an injunction banning nude dancing in the establishment. The judge used information from the city that later turned out to be wrong. The ruling put on hold the nude cabaret's demand for $1.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2008 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Texas was forced by federal law to end its poll tax on voters four decades ago, and now another levy has put the Lone Star State in constitutionally murky waters: the "pole tax." Texas lawmakers last year imposed a $5-per-patron fee on strip joints to raise more than $40 million annually for anti-sexual-assault programs and healthcare for the uninsured. The fee, which took effect Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2008 | DANA PARSONS
Having met Jim "Poorman" Trenton -- the man, the myth, the legend -- for the first time Wednesday morning at his seaside digs, I must admit to some disappointment. Not a bikini in sight. Yep, he says, he's heard that lament before. As the brains behind "Poorman's Bikini Beach" TV show, people have come to expect that Trenton and women in swimwear are never separated. "This time of year, they're all in hibernation," he says. "When the weather gets cold, the girls go away.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Texas, where strip clubs have given rise to Anna Nicole Smith and many other less-generously endowed performers, is about to make it more expensive to watch a little bump and grind. In what some have dubbed the "pole tax," the Lone Star State will require its 150 or so strip clubs to collect a $5-per-customer levy, with most of the proceeds going to help rape victims. The tax goes into effect New Year's Day.
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