Supreme Court balks at ad ban

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In what may be a strong sign that the Food & Drug Administration's tobacco regulations may not stand Supreme Court scrutiny, the high court on Monday vacated a New Orleans appellate court decision restricting gambling advertising on broadcast stations. The court did not rule on the specifics of New Orleans case, but said the appellate court should review its decision in light of the high court's recent 44 Liquormart decision overturning a state ban on liquor advertising.

Also Monday, the Supreme Court turned down a suit by three sports fans challenging the deals between professional sports and cable TV that they claim forces them to pay higher fees. A lower court had ruled that the fans had no legal standing to sue.

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