Bloomberg Law
June 28, 2021, 1:42 PM

Justices to Consider Scope of Content-Based Sign Regulations

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the scope of its 2015 ruling that the City of Austin says is being used as a “wrecking ball” against local regulations.

The court’s ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, struck down content-based sign regulations. The “decision has resulted in a staggering onslaught of lawsuits against local governments,” seeking “to invalidate everything from sign codes and panhandling ordinances to wage equity laws and robo-call regulations,” a friend-of-the-court brief told the justices in urging them to take up the case.

Here, Austin claims Reed was used to invalidate sign regulations even though ...