default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Lodi City Council decides to settle lawsuit with adult-oriented business owner

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 10:00 pm

The city of Lodi has decided to settle out of court with Timothy Kruppe, the owner of two adult-oriented businesses who filed a lawsuit against the city in January challenging its ordinance.

City Council members gave settlement authority to City Attorney Randy Hays in a closed session Tuesday, Deputy City Clerk Jennifer Perrin said.

Kruppe’s attorney, George Mull, could not be reached for comment, and Kruppe declined to comment without first speaking to his attorney.

Kruppe, the owner of Adult Pleasure World on South Sacramento Street and Intimates Adult Superstore on North Houston Lane, filed the multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming First Amendment violations for a city ordinance requiring his employees to undergo fingerprinting and background checks.

Although the city is barred from providing settlement figures because negotiations are ongoing, Kruppe’s lawsuit asks for $5 million in damages, including more than $100,000 in attorney fees.

Portions of the city’s ordinance that were challenged would be revised or removed once the suit is settled, Deputy City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said. He declined to elaborate.

Approved in fall 2000, the ordinance requires adult business owners and employees to obtain a special license to operate in Lodi. It also calls for background checks and fingerprinting for anyone receiving an adult-business employee license.

Kruppe wants the city of Lodi to pay attorney fees and damages for employees who were cited in Feb. 2002 for violating the ordinance.

Schwabauer has said the city was already working on changes to the ordinance prior to Mull filing the suit last January.

However, Mull was forced to file the lawsuit to meet the one-year statue of limitation deadline following the citing of Kruppe’s employees the previous February.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.


Popular Stories


Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 78


Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists