Clear Channel sues Baltimore over billboard tax

The media company claims billboards should be protected as free speech under the First Amendment

Ever been driving down the highway in Baltimore and noticed Lady Gaga staring back at you? Chances are, that billboard is the work of media firm Clear Channel Outdoor. And now, Clear Channel is fighting to keep Lady Gaga staring under the protection of the First Amendment.

The Baltimore Sun says Clear Channel has filed suit in U.S. District Court against the city of Baltimore, claiming the city’s new billboard tax is unconstitutional and billboards should be protected as free speech. Baltimore imposed a tax starting last month on billboard advertisements within the city limits—$15 per square foot for electronic billboards and $5 per square foot for standard billboards.

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Zach Warren

Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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