Federal court strikes down ban on alcohol ads in Virginia campus papers

A federal judge struck down a state ban on alcohol advertisements in college student media March 31, ruling the ban violated the First Amendment rights of student publications. The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a lawsuit in June 2006 on behalf of two student papers: Virginia Tech University’s Collegiate Times and the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily. In their complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, the papers estimated the ban cost each of them $30,000 a year in lost ad revenue. “This is a long time coming, but I am very pleased to see it through,” said Elizabeth Mills, who in January took over as the Cavalier Daily’s editor in chief.

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