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Brooke Ashley Workers Comp Hearing Continues

Mark Kernes reports for AVN: “The adult industry will have to wait until at least December 4 before finding out if the relationship between producers and talent will undergo a revolutionary change, thanks to a legal case that’s been nine years in the making.”

Dear reader, I’m sitting at home and studying Shakespeare. Please don’t bother me with these tawdry porno stories.

MaxHardcoreFan posts to XPT:

While you’re at it, when it was released, I paid top dollar for “The World’s Biggest Anal Gangbang (herein referred to as “CRAP”)” I subsequently felt VERY misled by the “CRAPs” “implied” contents, and thereby suffered damages due to my inability to reach orgasm over said “CRAP,” in the process doing great harm to my mental well being.

Just look at me now!

Can we get goat lawyer to delve into warranty and merchantability since I’m sure the average porn viewer would also feel the same, a consensus of “it sucked ass” would greatly enhance my chances of a full refund.

Only then could I possibly go on living a full and meaningful life.

Steve York posts:

Its not the “porn” industry itself that has to really worry about this in my opinion; its only a matter of time before enough talent gathered together and demanded this or a court decision came down because of an infection or set accident. The “independent contractor” status has been on the verge of extinction for years (in California at least).

Realistically in California how many active male and female “stars” are there? 800-1200 at any given time? I think it would be much easier to deal with them given its a relatively isolated group and easy to track down (with what, 10 different talent agencies representing 80% of them?). I’d like to hear numbers proposed for the cost per scene to insure and what type of costs would be involved with the health benefits if the “independent contractor” category is abolished.

I think the effect on the “porn” industry would be minimal to the type of upheaval and chaos this would cause at California strip clubs. Its my understanding almost all strippers work as “Independent Contractors” within California (and across the country). There are strip clubs in almost every city in California with TENS of thousands of dancers.

Or consider the fact that California strip clubs are still *very* heavily mob and organized crime influenced; this will not bode well with them when they’re forced by the state government to cut into their profits.

I saw a documentary on this and independent contractors a few months ago (after coming off traveling the strip club circuit and seeing all these issues first hand and up close); I can’t remember the name for the life of me but it was about a group of San Francisco strippers at the Lusty Lady who attempted to unionize to avoid the “independent contractor” status. Pretty informing about the issue, but its a few years old so it seemed slightly outdated by the time I saw it.

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