The Case of the Nude Dancer

  • June 24, 1982
  • • Written by: Earl A. Talbot

Spring/Summer 1982, Vol 7, No 1

Abstract: In Schad v. Mt. Ephraim, the Supreme Court ruled that a municipal zoning ordinance prohibiting live entertainment, nude dancing in this case, in effect denied an individual’s right to free speech. The case established the outside limits for the use of zoning controls in regulating sexually-related commercial activity, and contradicted earlier decisions concerning the restriction of “adult” entertainment uses imposed by local zoning.