The city of Seattle has reached a tentative agreement to pay $500,000 to settle its losing fight against publishers of yellow-pages phone books, according to two sources familiar with the lawsuit.
The city has decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court an October ruling by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a city ordinance violated the companies’ free-speech rights.
The panel ruled unconstitutional a city law that created an opt-out registry for unwanted phone books and charged the publishers a disposal fee for recycling costs.
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