In 2006, the student newspapers at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia filed suit against the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board for its blanket ban on the advertising of alcoholic beverages in college newspapers. In 2013, the federal appeals court ruled the ban was unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court ruled that Wednesday that Virginia’s ban on alcohol ads in student newspapers was unconstitutional, bringing an end to a lawsuit filed seven years ago.
A federal judge upheld a Virginia ban on advertisements for alcohol in college papers last week, finding that the government’s goal in fighting underage drinking outweighs newspapers’ First Amendment right to publish alcohol advertising.
A legal challenge to Virginia’s ban on alcohol-related advertisements in college publications is still brewing.
Alcohol has been blamed for causing riots and deaths on campus. The Pennsylvania law banning its promotion is accused of violating the First Amendment.
To counter a state-imposed alcohol advertising ban in college newspapers, The Daily Collegian at Penn State University took an unorthodox way to retaliate.