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Rapid City Council Meets On Epic Outdoor Settlement

Rapid City, South Dakota met last night in an attempt to finalize a settlement with Epic Outdoor at their Monday night City Council meeting. According to city records, in 2012 Epic Outdoor Advertising filed suit against the City based on the initiated sign ordinances which were adopted in 2011.  That sign ordinance drive was led by Scenic Rapid City, and resulted in restricting the size and spacing of static billboards as well as preventing outdoor companies from constructing any new […]

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PA court orders digital billboard down.

On April 3, 2017  a Pennsylvania Court ruled that Kegerreis Outdoor Advertising must take down a 57 foot high digital billboard at the interchange of Interstate 83 and 283 because it is too close to the road. Here are links to a Pennlive article and Kegerreis v Department of Transportation. The case has been going on for 6 years.  In 2011 the Commonwealth denied Kegerreis a permit because the sign was located within 500 feet of I-283, I-83 and SR […]

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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 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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