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.
The case involving police records from a 1998 missing person investigation has been dismissed because the West Virginia State Police claim the records are part of an ongoing investigation.The Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech's student newspaper, wanted to access the police investigation file in 2009 when reporter Caleb Fleming was writing a story about the 10th anniversary of former Virginia Tech student Robert Kovack's disappearance.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging Virginia's ban on alcohol-related advertising in college newspapers.
A Virginia Tech official has filed an $850,000 libel lawsuit against the student newspaper for identifying her as the school's "director of butt licking."