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City of Seattle vs. the Yellow Pages Industry – game over

It’s been a long road but it would seem that the case of the City of Seattle vs. the Yellow Pages Industry has reached its conclusion. After months of litigation and appeals, it would seem that the Yellow Pages Industry has emerged the victor in a contest that had national implications and The City [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

YPA to challenge Seattle’s anti-Yellow Pages law

On Monday, October 11, 2010, the City of Seattle voted in favor of a new law that placed strict controls on the delivery of print Yellow Pages directories within the city. Today, the Yellow Pages Association released the following press release, announcing their intention to challenge the legality of this measure:

Yellow Pages Publishers Sue [...]

Singled out in Seattle? Yellow Pages are the subject of new law.

Seattle, WA is the northernmost city in the continental United States. It’s the home of coffee mega-franchise Starbucks as well as the residence of fictional psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane and the cast of Nickelodeon’s iCarly series. It is also regarded as the birthplace of the grunge music scene. Long considered a “progressive city”, Seattle boasts [...]