Federal appeals court rules in favor of NYC on billboard limits

02/4/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan decided that New York City -- which strengthened rules against big billboards and lit signs near parks and highways -- did not violate the First Amendment. Billboard marketers had appealed the decision, which continued to allow small signs on lampposts, phone booths and taxicabs. "Allowing some signs does not constitutionally require a city to allow all similar signs," the three-judge panel said. "The city's interests in aesthetics, preservation of neighborhood character and traffic safety continue to be advanced, even though limited and controlled advertising is permitted on street furniture," the court said.

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