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Ban on “For Sale” signs in parked cars collides with First Amendment

Cefali v. City of San Juan Capistrano


Contact: Larry G. Salzman

Status: Lawsuit was filed on September 13, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Summary:
Michael Cefali parked his late-model Volkswagen in front of his home in San Juan Capistrano.  He placed “For Sale” signs in the back window, hoping to attract potential buyers for the car.  Instead, he attracted the attention of law enforcement officers, who fined him $50 under the city’s ban on “For Sale” signs in parked cars on public streets.  Represented by PLF attorneys, he is challenging the ordinance as a violation of the First Amendment.

 

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