2012-01-26 / Local & State

Billboard Titan Lamar Sues Over Pittsburgh Ad Law

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The nation's largest outdoor advertising company is suing Pittsburgh, claiming the city's new billboard ordinance was enacted illegally.

City attorneys say they're still reviewing and can't comment on the suit filed Thursday by Lamar Advertising Co., of Baton Rouge, La.

City Council passed the bill Dec. 19 limiting the size, location and other features of electronic billboards – including how bright they can be.

Lamar says the bill changed so many times in the weeks between the bill's introduction and when it was finally passed that it should have been reviewed again during a public hearing and by the city's planning commission.

Lamar contends the ordinance also limits constitutionally protected speech and says brightness restrictions and others are “substantially below industry standards.”

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