- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Two companies are appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit over Rapid City’s outdoor advertising ordinance.

The Rapid City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1PZvv82 ) that the billboard battle has lingered for four years. Last month, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken dismissed a case in which Lamar Advertising of South Dakota and TLC Properties Inc. sought damages from Rapid City.

This week, Lamar and TLC appealed Viken’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth District.

The original lawsuit claimed that ordinances regulating the new construction of electronic or digital-illuminated signs amounted to an illegal taking of private property without just compensation.

Viken in his ruling found that the companies failed to plead a plausible claim for entitlement to damages.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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