California Lawyer


August 2013

"An ordinance dealing with semi-nude dancers has once again fallen on the court's lap."

-Chief U.S. District Court Judge Fred Biery, denying an injunction in 35 Bar and Grille LLC v. City of San Antonio (2013 WL 1870060 (W.D. Tex.)).

The plaintiff, a bar, argued that the First Amendment prohibited the city from requiring nightclub dancers to wear bikini tops - at least. The bar, which favored pasties, didn't want to be licensed as a strip joint. Biery scripted the ruling with his usual flair, noting at one point that the court received no amicus curiae briefs but was "blessed with volunteers known in South Texas as 'curious amigos.' "

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