San Francisco Yellow Book Page Restrictions In Trouble

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court decision striking down restrictions on the distribution of Yellow Pages in Seattle is raising doubts about San Francisco’s own Yellow Page ban.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that Seattle’s 2010 law violated the First Amendment. It created a registry that allowed residents to opt out of receiving the Yellow Pages.

San Francisco’s law is more restrictive. It prohibits the distribution of Yellow Pages to anyone who does not specifically opt in.

That law is also being challenged in court.

Supervisor David Chiu, who authored the law, tells the San Francisco Chronicle the appeals court misread the First Amendment.

He says he will evaluate potential changes to San Francisco’s law, but intends to continue pushing to cut down on phone book waste.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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