High court won’t consider Va. alcohol-ad ban in college newspapers

Monday, November 29, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ban on alcohol advertising in Virginia's college newspapers.

The Court today turned away an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the newspapers. The appeal argued that the ban is an unconstitutional restraint on speech.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., upheld the regulation by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission that prohibits advertising of beer, wine and mixed drinks in college student publications unless in advertisements for dining establishments. It also bans the phrase “happy hour” and references to specific mixed drinks.

The case is Educational Media Company v. Swecker, 10-278.

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