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Texas Chain Appeals Decision Allowing City to Bar Distribution

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Texas Chain Appeals Decision Allowing City to Bar Distribution

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A Texas-based weekly newspaper chain is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit against the city of Plano, Tex., over an ordinance that allows the city to bar delivery of "printed material" if it receives complaints.

The Dallas Morning News, which described the legal fight as "a quiet battle," reported Monday that American Community Newspapers of Addison, Texas, had appealed the dismissal to a federal appeals court in New Orleans last week.

The newspaper chain, which distributes two community newspapers in Plano, initially sued the city over an ordinance that "allows the city to prohibit people from distributing printed materials if residents complain," the News reported.

A federal district court judge dismissed the suit in February, but the company filed a notice of appeal on Thursday. "The challenge has fueled a fierce debate that has played out in court filings between attorneys for Plano and the company over solicitation rules adopted here and in many other communities," the News reported.

"This has been one of the most consistent clashes in First Amendment law, especially today when information is so easy to come by," David L. …

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