LA's Billboard Rules Don't Step On Free Speech, 9th Circ. Says

Law360, Los Angeles (October 15, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that Los Angeles didn’t run afoul of free speech protections when it barred a building owner from posting a billboard for a television news show without a permit, holding that truthful advertisements for expressive works aren’t inherently noncommercial speech.

In a unanimous decision Monday upholding a district court’s 2010 ruling, a three-judge appellate panel rejected Fort Self Storage Inc.’s argument that Los Angeles’ billboard regulations are unconstitutional under a line of cases holding truthful ads for expressive works in certain instances...
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