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United States Fourth Circuit

American Entertainers, LLC v. City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 171577

Affirming the district court's rejection of First Amendment violation claims brought by an exotic dancing venue complaining that a city regulates sexually oriented businesses differently than it does mainstream performances such as ballets and concerts, that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by barring 18 to 21 year olds from owning sexually oriented businesses, but finding that the district court erred in rejecting a claim that the denial provisions of the licensing regulation are an unconstitutional prior restraint, striking this provision from the Ordinance and remanding to consider its severability.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/04/27


  • WYNN


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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