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Metromedia, Inc. v. San Diego
Argued February 25, 1981
Decided July 2, 1981
Full case nameMetromedia, Inc., et al. v. City of San Diego, et al.
Citations453 U.S. 490 (more)
101 S. Ct. 2882; 69 L. Ed. 2d 800
San Diego's general ban on signs carrying noncommercial advertising is invalid under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Court membership
Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger
Associate Justices
William J. Brennan Jr. · Potter Stewart
Byron White · Thurgood Marshall
Harry Blackmun · Lewis F. Powell Jr.
William Rehnquist · John P. Stevens
Case opinions
PluralityWhite, joined by Stewart, Marshall, Powell; Stevens (parts I–IV)
ConcurrenceBrennan, joined by Blackmun
DissentStevens (parts V–VII)
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. I

Metromedia, Inc. v. San Diego, 453 U.S. 490 (1981), was a United States Supreme Court case in which it was decided that cities could regulate billboards, and that municipal governments could not treat commercial outdoor advertising more harshly than noncommercial messages.[1][2]


  1. ^ Kaplar, Richard T. (2003). The First Amendment and the Media 2003-Free Speech and Free Press Since Sept. 11. Washington, DC: The Media Institute. p. 217.
  2. ^ Metromedia, Inc. v. San Diego, 453 U.S. 490 (1981).

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