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Clear Channel Loses| NYC Billboard Fight

(CN) - Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings lost its challenge to New York City's 70-year-old billboard zoning laws after the 2nd Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling to toss the complaint.

A three-judge panel of the Manhattan-based circuit found Wednesday that the districft judge correctly dismissed Clear Channel's lawsuit in 2009, and that the world's largest billboard owner's First Amendment rights weren't trampled.

"The challenged provisions of the New York City Zoning Resolution do not impose unconstitutional restrictions on plaintiffs' commercial speech," the panel said in its 48-page ruling.

Since 1940, New York City's zoning laws "have banned outdoor advertising companies from placing billboards that do not advertise on-premises businesses within 200 feet and within view of the city's major parkways and roadways," the ruling states.

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