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Council moralists back down after US appeals court agrees to hear case challenging sex toy ban in parts of Georgia


Link Here 24th March 2017
GeorgiaSex toys are banned in a backward corner of Georgia. The city of Sandy Springs enacted an ordinance in May 2004, banning the open display of vibrators and sex toys by retailers and requiring a doctor's prescription to purchase such a device.

The 11th Circuit of appeals courts will now hold an en banc rehearing (with all the judges from the court) on a challenge to the sex toy ban that it previously upheld citing a 2004 precedent.

The ban prompted a string of lawsuits arguing that the ordinance was an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. However a federal judge in Atlanta upheld the ban, and in August 2016, an 11th Circuit panel upheld that decision, saying that it was bound by its 2004 ruling in Williams v. Attorney General ( Williams IV ), challenging a similar ban in an Alabama city. The appeals court noted at the time:

Although we are sympathetic to the Appellant's Fourteenth Amendment Due Process claim, we are constrained by our prior precedent in Williams IV , and we are obligated to follow it -- even though convinced it is wrong. The Appellants are free to petition the court to reconsider our decision en banc, and we encourage them to do so.

Presumably a multiple judge hearing is able to overrule previous precedents.

Update: Sex toys unbanned

24th March 2017 See  article from avn.com

city of sandy springs logoShortly after the news that the appeal court would hear a legal challenge to a city sex toy ban, the council has backed down and has now repealed the repressive law.

Sandy Springs City Council repealed the local law known as the sexual device ordinance. The local ordinance was patterned on one that had been adopted by the Georgia state legislature, but that was later invalidated, leaving Sandy Springs as one of the few communities in Georgia which retains a similar ban. A council spokesperson said:

[The] code now matches up with state law regarding adult devices by not prohibiting the sale of such devices.

While council members refused to comment on the repeal after the vote, City Attorney Wendell Willard told reporters that the law, which was enacted in 2009 and has been the subject of several lawsuits, was unnecessary and expendable.

However it seems likely that the reson for the repeal was that the law's defence was proving too expensive. A council debate on the  litigation revealed concerns that the city's insurance company balking at paying the legal bills for some of the lawsuits the city has faced thanks to its restrictive adult business laws.

 

 Offsite Article: Getting better than real...


Link Here 17th March 2017
orient ange The Sun reports on a Japanese factory making remarkably lifelike sex dolls

See article from thesun.co.uk

 

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Sex doll 'brothel' opens in Barcelona


Link Here 3rd March 2017
sex toy brothelA brothel full of sex dolls has opened up in Barcelona, Spain.

Lumi Dolls offers four models that anyone can reserve for a set amount of time. Thanks to new technology , Lumi Dolls brags that its dolls are among the most realistic on the market -- and they cost around euro 120 per hour. The brothel offers other services as well, including overnight stays and options for couples.

Each of the models come complete with a sort of character page on the Lumi Dolls website, which houses a description of the doll's anatomy, creative inspiration, and what to look forward to in the doll's room.

Noticeably absent from the Lumi Dolls cast are any male doll models. And it's not like the technology doesn't exist. It would seem that the company believes straight men are set to be the most lucrative market, at least for now.

Lumi Doll's products might not have artificial intelligence yet , but there are various sex doll companies working on implementing A.I. into their toys . Regardless, opening up a sex doll brothel is a step toward developing these sorts of creations and services.

 

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Ann Summers issues product recall on Moregasm Black Power Wands


Link Here 8th February 2017
moregasm black wandAnn Summers has issued a nationwide product recall on a line of sex toys over fears they could break when used for too long.

The shop has issued the precautionary recall on their Moregasm Black Power Wand vibrator, across all 134 stores and online. The shop is displaying a notice saying:

The product complies with all relevant CE safety testing standards, but we have taken this voluntary measure in response to a very small number of isolated reports that the wires in the cord have become exposed at the base of the product over a prolonged period of use.

A spokesperson confirmed that customers will receive a full refund.

All batch codes of the Moregasm Black Power Wand with item code 74701 are thought to be affected.

 

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Sweden checks out sex toys for dangerous chemicals but find very few issues


Link Here 24th January 2017

Sex Toy Handcuffsr Fewer sex toys than children's toys contain dangerous chemicals, according to a new report by a Swedish inspection authority.

In its study conducted in 2016, 2% of the 44 surveyed sex toys that had been imported to Sweden contained banned chemicals, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) said. In a separate study the year before, the agency tested 112 children's toys in Sweden and found 15% contained banned chemical substances, including lead. An inspector told AFP:

This was a bit surprising. This was the first time we did such a study.

Of the 44 sex toys examined, only one plastic dildo was found to contain a banned substance: chlorinated paraffins, which is suspected of causing cancer.

Three of the 44 examined sex toys, made of artificial leather and bondage tape, contained a type of phthalates used as a plasticiser at levels above a 0.1% threshold, the agency said. That specific type of phthalates is not banned in sex toys but is on the EU list of chemicals of very high concern .