Some nightclub owners in Virginia want the courts to peel back the layers of strip laws in the commonwealth and take another peek.
They’ve filed a lawsuit challenging laws that prohibit stripping and topless dancing at clubs that serve mixed drinks.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the arguments in Richmond Thursday. It could take several weeks for the panel to make a decision.
The suit was filed by three Papermoon nightclubs. There are two locations in Richmond and one in Springfield.
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The club owners claim it makes no sense to allow striptease performances in establishments that serve only beer and wine, but prohibit them in clubs licensed to sell hard liquor.
A lower court ruled the laws are constitutional.
The clubs are appealing that decision.
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