Baltimore ad bans back in court

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Anheuser-Busch Cos. and outdoor company Penn Advertising, as expected, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take another look at the two Baltimore city ordinances that ban outdoor ads for tobacco products and alcoholic beverages near schools and playgrounds and in residential areas. The Supreme Court earlier vacated lower court decisions upholding the bans, and asked the U.S. circuit of appeals in Richmond, Va., to review the cases in light of the broad protection of advertising rights the high court provided in its 44 Liquormart decision of last May. The Appellate Court after conducting the review let the Baltimore ban stand. The two petitions argue that the Appellate Court misinterpeted the Supreme Court decision. The eventual outcome of the cases could have major impacts on the Food & Drug Administration's new tobacco advertising restrictions.

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