September 22, 2014
Special Counsel Joseph D. Wilson was quoted in the Business Journal article, "Hides and Seek." The article focuses on West Hollywood's fur ban ordinance and the city's enforcement of that law. The article notes that Mayfair House, a boutique in West Hollywood, has been targeted by the city for allegedly violating the ban. The city issued a citation against Mayfair House for allegedly violating the ordinance. A hearing officer dismissed the citation, however, because it was issued for displaying allegedly prohibited fur products, which the hearing officer determined was not an activity banned by the ordinance, and the compliance officer who issued the citation did not see an actual sale of those products take place. Mr. Wilson, who represents Mayfair House, reacted by saying, "The ruling clarifies what we had already thought was clear in the ordinance: that it doesn't ban the act of offering to sell. The hearing commissioner went on to clarify that it doesn't ban displaying fur products."