An Update on Our Efforts to Protect Yellow Pages Delivery in San Francisco
September 17, 2012 | Contributed by: Neg Norton
Last month, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order requiring the San Francisco District Court to rule on our motion for a preliminary injunction against San Francisco’s controversial new ordinance, which effectively bans the distribution of Yellow Pages.
Following that decision, the City of San Francisco advised the District Court this past week that it will voluntarily suspend enforcement of its Yellow Pages ordinance until May 1, 2013. In doing so, the City requested that the District Court once again postpone consideration of an injunction against the ordinance. We have asked the District Court to immediately rule on our motion for preliminary injunction.
While the City’s decision to suspend enforcement of its unconstitutional ordinance will be welcome news to San Francisco residents and businesses, we advised the Court that further delay merely creates more uncertainty in the marketplace and is inconsistent with the 9th Circuit’s mandate to immediately rule on our motion for preliminary injunction.
As these events continue to unfold, we remain committed to ensuring that San Francisco’s local businesses and residents are able to easily connect with one another through print directories, without the impediment of unnecessary legislation. We believe the success of our industry’s consumer choice program at www.YellowPagesOptOut.com, numerous sustainability initiatives, and partnerships with local municipalities across the country demonstrate that our proactive approach works when given the chance.