9th Circ. Gives Yellow Pages 1st Amendment Protection

Law360, New York (October 15, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that Yellow Pages are not commercial speech and are entitled to First Amendment protection even though their noncommercial listings are mixed with commercial ads, striking a Seattle ordinance that required permits and fee payments from phone book distributors.

In their November 2010 complaint, directory publishers Dex Media West Inc., SuperMedia LLC and the Yellow Pages Integrated Media Association argued that the city ordinance violated First Amendment principles prohibiting the government from assessing taxes or fees for the privilege of publishing. A...
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