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The Latest Development in Scenic America’s Digital Billboard Lawsuit

When Insider last reported on this case, Scenic America had lost its attempt to overturn federal guidance on digital billboards on appeal and then asked the US Supreme Court to hear the case. Last week, the Supreme Court asked the government and the billboard industry – the defendants — to submit written responses regarding Scenic America’s request (formally known as a writ of certiorari). The Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), which represents the industry, will coordinate a response to […]

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GEFT 2, Indy 0

GEFT Outdoor of Indianapolis scored a big win yesterday.  WishTV and the Indianapolis Business Journal  report that Indianapolis will permit GEFT convert two static billboards inside the 465 loop in Indianapolis to digital signs as a litigation settlement.  The city declined GEFT’s request to construct two digital signs in 2015.  GEFT successfully sued Indianapolis for damages because the city’s sign code was unconstitutional under Reed vs Gilbert.  The city decided to grant GEFT permits for two digital signs in order […]

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Adams Loses WI Court Attempt to Delay Removing Billboards

Madison.com reports that a Dane County judge has declined Adams request to delay removal of three Madison, WI billboards while it appeals a decision in which a judge threw out its open meeting lawsuit against Dane County. Adams sued Dane County after the County refused to approve a lease renewal for three billboards at the Dane County Regional Airport.  Adams alleged the County violated open meeting law and a prohibition on walking quorums. Adams has 10 days to remove the […]

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Lawsuit Targets Tennessee Billboard Rules

A post from The Commercial Appeal, shares a story on a pending Tennessee lawsuit. For the past decade, Memphis outdoor-advertising operator and attorney William H. Thomas Jr. has defiantly put up billboards without permits and refused to take them down when ordered to do so. Thomas has also pursued a legal option and U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla is expected to issue a ruling soon — possibly within the next month — on Thomas’ suit against Commissioner John Schroer and five other officials of the Tennessee […]

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Outdoor Legal: A broker’s dispute

When you use a broker to sell your outdoor business you should put the broker agreement in writing to avoid a dispute.  Also, if you sell an outdoor plant in certain states you may need a real estate license as  Marshall Burks v Elevation Outdoor demonstrates. Martin Daniel was the owner of Elevation Outdoor, a Tennessee outdoor advertising company.  He had given a 10% interest in three of the company’s 35 billboards to Garrott Massie. Daniel decided to sell Elevation […]

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D.C. Says Large LED Signs Are A Danger

As a followup to our previous post on September 2nd, more news, this time  from the Washington Post. The District of Columbia is alleging that the proposed large LED signs in the city, were constructed illegally and are a danger to the public. In a lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday against Digi Media Communications and the owners of buildings where the signs were erected, the District is saying the signs “tower over and above pedestrians, causing substantial and […]

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Digital Billboards Win In Court

In a victory for digital billboards, a federal appeals court today said the government acted properly in guiding states to regulate this new product nearly a decade ago. Here are two key points from the unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: The Federal Highway Administration’s Guidance in 2007 regarding digital billboards was consistent with the Highway Beautification Act (HBA). Scenic America claimed that digital billboards were not a “customary […]

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J. Allen Smith on Billboard Condemnation

J. Allen Smith is a eminent domain and condemnation expert at Settlepou, a Dallas law firm. In June 2016 Smith and Paul Wright gave a presentation on billboard appraisal methodologies and case law at the International Right of Way Association Conference. Insider interviewed Smith this week about billboard condemnation and amortization issues. For more information on Mr Smith, please see Smith’s Settlepou bio. Allen, how did you happen to get involved with billboard issues? Dave, I first was introduced to […]

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Appeals Court Reverses Ft Wayne Transit’s Rejection of Healthcare Ad

Rocky Mountain Sign Law reports that the Seventh Circuit appeals court in Indiana has ruled that the Fort Wayne Transit systems rejection of a healthcare ad was unreasonable in light of the transit agency’s ad policy. The Fort Wayne Transit Agency (“Citilink”) has a policy that prohibits as that “express or advocate opinions or positions on political, religious or moral issues”. Citilink rejected an application for public bus advertising from a group called Womens Health Link when it learned that […]

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Pittsburgh Sign Battle Continues

The Mt. Washington sign battle continues.  WTAE reports that Pittsburg has convinced a court to order Lamar to clear rust off the back of the sign within 60 days.  Lamar says it has been trying to do a multimillion dollar rehab of the sign for two years but the city has not approved the remodel.  You can read about the dispute and watch a news report on the dispute at the WTAE website.   Paid Ad

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