The city wants to impose stricter regulations. The store is licensed as an adult retail establishment, meaning that it can sell DVDs, lingerie, sex toys and other items. But the business has a second floor that contains six small rooms where customers pay extra to watch sexually explicit movies. The city maintains in court documents that the movie viewing area should be licensed as an adult entertainment business, which carries stricter regulations such as a prohibition on group viewing and a requirement that the rooms be monitored by staff.
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How does a decade-long legal battle with a law-flouting porn shop end in a bill to the taxpayers? Milt Rowland has been fighting porn stores for 13 years and it's still not over. It all started in , when the city passed a law preventing adult businesses from operating within feet of residential areas and other locations, like parks and schools. The company that owned multiple stores, then called World Wide Video, sued the city for what they argued was a violation of their First Amendment rights. In a series of courtroom back-and-forths over the past decade, the city has repeatedly won its argument that it had the right to zone such businesses.