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The City of Seattle vs. the Yellow Pages— the next round


The legislative battle of the Yellow Pages industry vs. the City of Seattle has been anything but brief. In October 2010, the Seattle City Council voted 8 – 1 in favor of an ordinance that would require Yellow Pages distributors to apply for a license, pay a per-ton “recovery fee” on all directories distributed, [...]

Ninth Circuit Court upholds Yellow Pages right to print and distribute directories.

This week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that print Yellow Pages directories are “fully protected speech” under the First Amendment. The court’s decision is aimed at protecting Yellow Pages and other media from legislation that both hurts local businesses as well as spends tax revenues. This effectively strikes down [...]

Update on San Francisco and Seattle Yellow Pages legislation

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Things have been fairly quiet in San Francisco of late. There has been little in the way of news regarding the addition of Chapter 20 to the city’s Environmental Code, the controversial anti-Yellow Pages legislation that was proposed by the Board of Supervisors last year. The addition, if passed, would have made the delivery of [...] is no-cost choice for cities seeking opt out alternative

The Local Search Association has released the following statement concerning the recent anti-Yellow Pages legislative initiatives in San Francisco and Seattle.

Yellow Pages Publishers Appeal Unconstitutional and Unnecessary Phone Book Law

Official Industry Opt-Out Site at Is No-Cost Choice for Cities, Privacy-Guaranteed Choice for Residents

SEATTLE – May 12, 2011 – Yellow Pages publishers [...]

San Francisco Yellow Pages Vote Delayed

In a surprising decision yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors moved to delay a vote on controversial Yellow Pages legislation until May 10. If passed, the proposal would restrict delivery of print Yellow Pages specifically to customers who “opt in.”

Protested by the Yellow Pages Association, local directory publishers, the local IBEW (which represents [...]

More on San Francisco and the Yellow Pages

It would seem that the fate of the print Yellow Pages in San Francisco will be determined on March 29. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee voted last Monday to send legislation restricting delivery of the directories to the full board for a vote. If passed, this law will [...]

Tilting at Windmills in San Francisco

Miguel Cervantes’ immortal character Don Quixote of La Mancha was a man with a mission. Originally born Alonso Quixano, the Spanish aristocrat experienced a mid-life crisis and, armed with the best of intentions, transformed himself into a noble knight errant who would free the land from tyranny of giants, uphold the high ideals of chivalry, [...]

Yellow Pages industry makes it easier to opt out of delivery

The past few months have been a bit brutal for the Yellow Pages industry in terms of news. The city of Seattle passed an ordinance singling out print Yellow Pages as the subject of more restrictive delivery fees and regulations. The blog-o-sphere has been rampant with articles proclaiming that Yellow Pages are dead, dying and [...]