Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
City of Los Angeles v. Alameda Books, Inc.
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The Los Angeles Municipal Code has a provision that prohibits running more than one adult entertainment business in the same building. In this case, two adult entertainment establishments operated an adult bookstore and adult video arcade each in the same building. One of them was Alameda Books, Inc. The businesses sued the City in federal district court, seeking an injunction and declaratory judgment as to the unconstitutionality of the ordinance on the ground of violation of the First Amendment. The court delivered summary judgment in favor of Alameda Books (P), which was affirmed in the federal court of appeals. Los Angeles (D) appealed.
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