AHF: Porn Producers Throw in the Towel on L.A.’s Measure B

Los Angeles County Supervisors vote to settle lawsuit brought by
Vivid Entertainment & adult industry to block implementation of L.A.
County’s Measure B, the 2012 ballot measure approved by 57% of Los
Angeles County voters that requires actors in pornographic films to wear
condoms.

Vivid & adult industry decline to continue with lawsuit; give in to
constitutionality of condom requirement in adult films after U.S. Ninth
District Court and the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals upheld
Measure B. Both courts ruled that requiring condom use does not infringe
on industry’s First Amendment rights.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS
Healthcare Foundation
(AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization,
today noted that porn producers in the adult film industry, including
Vivid Entertainment, have thrown in the towel on Measure B, the County
of Los Angeles Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act. The law, which
Los Angeles County voters passed with an overwhelming margin of voter
support (57% to 43%) in the November 2012 election, requires actors in
pornographic films to wear condoms.

Both the U.S. Ninth District Court and the U.S. Ninth District Court of
Appeals upheld Measure B.

“The porn industry has finally given in to the constitutionality of the
condom requirement in adult films,” said AHF President Michael
Weinstein
. “After Measure B passed, Vivid’s Steve Hirsch and others
in the industry sued Los Angeles County to block implementation and roll
out of the law. However, both the U.S. Ninth District Court and the U.S.
Ninth District Court of Appeals upheld Measure B, with each court ruling
that requiring condom use in adult film productions does not infringe on
the industry’s First Amendment rights. By declining to pursue their
lawsuit any further, the porn industry has thrown in the
towel on Measure B.”

After Vivid and the adult industry declined to continue with the
lawsuit, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted earlier today
to settle the lawsuit.

Los Angeles County voters first voted the “condoms in porn” measure into
law November 2012. On January 10, 2013, the adult film industry sued to
block implementation of Measure B.

The lawsuit—Case No. CV-13-00190 DDP (AGI)—was filed with Steve Hirsch’s
Vivid Entertainment and California Productions as lead plaintiffs, and
named County of Los Angeles, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director of the Los
Angeles County Department of Public Health and County District Attorney
Jackie Lacey as Defendants and sought to block the law primarily on
First Amendment challenges.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
600,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
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Contacts

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