No Standing To Object To “Sign Code Shakedown”

In Coastal Outdoor Advertising Group v. Township of Union, No. 10-1283 (3d Cir. Nov. 8, 2010), the plaintiff sought to challenge the defendant’s (now superseded) ordinance prohibiting the erection of billboards.  The Third Circuit, noting that this case was “the latest in a burgeoning line of cases in which a billboard company seeks to challenge the constitutionality of a local sign ordinance, otherwise known as the ‘sign code shakedown[,]’” affirmed the District Court of New Jersey’s grant of summary judgment to the defendant because the plaintiff lacked standing to maintain the suit.


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