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Summit Media, LLC v. City of Los Angeles, B220198

In a dispute among several outdoor advertising companies and the City of Los Angeles over certain billboards with digital displays, and over the city's authority to settle with two of those companies on terms that permitted them to digitize many of their existing billboards, even though a municipal ordinance expressly prohibited "alterations or enlargements" of such signs, the judgment of the trial court in a third company's suit for a writ of mandate ordering the city to set aside the settlement agreement and withdraw all permits issued under it is: 1) affirmed to the trial court's conclusion that the settlement agreement was an invalid ultra vires act; 2) affirmed as to the grant of writ relief voiding the entire settlement agreement; but 3) reversed as to the court's refusal to revoke all the digital conversion permits on the ground that that issue of permit revocation is an administrative issue to be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/10/2012
  • Published 12/10/2012


  • Grimes


  • California Court of Appeal


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