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Billboard firm hopes Ohio case helps high court challenge to Baltimore tax (access required)

A company mounting a constitutional challenge to Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators hopes a recent Ohio high court decision striking down a similar Cincinnati assessment will convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its claim that the Maryland city’s ...

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Baltimore urges Supreme Court to reject billboard tax challenge (access required)

Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators does not violate their constitutional right to free speech as the assessment applies regardless of the messages they post, the city argued last week in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to decline to hear ...

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Barbera’s final term included First Amendment, lost pet, gangland slaying cases (access required)

Maryland’s top court ended its 2020-2021 session Tuesday having issued rulings upholding Baltimore’s billboard tax against a free-speech challenge, limiting the compensation available for a negligently killed pet over a heartfelt dissent for beloved dogs and rejecting the duress defense ...

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Md. high court hears free-speech challenge to Baltimore’s billboard tax (access required)

Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators unconstitutionally infringes on their right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post, an attorney for the city’s leading billboard owner told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday. Billboards are “a venerable ...

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Md. high court opens term: Billboards, rap lyrics, CSI effect on docket (access required)

Maryland’s top court Thursday opens the public sessions of its 2020-2021 term, during which it will consider the constitutionality of Baltimore’s tax on billboard operators, whether a judge properly admitted into evidence the violent rap lyrics of an accused killer ...

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Md. high court will consider billboard tax’s constitutionality (access required)

Maryland’s top court will consider whether Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators unconstitutionally infringes on their right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post. The Court of Appeals this month agreed to hear Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.’s ...

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