Court may strike down deal on digital billboards

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – An appeals court may strike down a deal approved by the Los Angeles City Council in 2006 to allow about 100 digital billboards in Hollywood and other neighborhoods.

The Los Angeles Times reports a three- judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal signaled Tuesday that it is leaning toward instructing a lower court to invalidate permits for existing signs.

The signs have drawn protest from neighborhood activists who say the brightly illuminated advertisements create blight and their light intrudes into their yards and homes.

The lawsuit was brought by Summit Media, which argued the council had given a sweetheart deal to two sign companies.

Clear Channel Outdoor operates 79 of the signs at issue in the case and said it was disappointed in the tentative ruling.

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