Following two major successes over billboard companies in the last two months, Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has obtained another favorable verdict as he continues to seek judicial rulings against outdoor sign firms.
On May 10, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Green barred two of the nation’s premier billboard companies from wrapping previously outlawed digital sign structures with vinyl advertising.
“We will not stand idly by and allow CBS and Clear Channel to convert these structures without having a thorough vetting by the court,” Trutanich said. “Once again, Judge Green has led the way in assisting us to create a transparent path for the billboard future of Los Angeles that gives all residents and companies a fair stake in the process.”
Westside communities such as Westchester, Venice and Mar Vista all have several digital billboard structures that were turned off last month following court rulings.
Trutanich sought action against CBS Outdoors and Clear Channel Communications after they sent letters to Los Angeles city officials spelling out their intentions to begin the vinyl advertising copy installations this month.
On Dec. 9, Green invalidated an agreement between Los Angeles, Clear Channel and CBS Outdoors that was enacted in 2002 that allowed the billboard companies to convert 840 of their signs from static to digital.
The state Supreme Court declined to hear Summit Media vs. Los Angeles Feb. 27 and Green ordered CBS Outdoors and Clear Channel to turn off their digital billboards by April 15. The structures have been dark since then.
A hearing is scheduled July 16 to consider the future of the 99 digital sign structures, which must remain unused pending that hearing, said a Trutanich spokesman.