Seattle can't limit distribution of yellow-pages phone books with an opt-out registry, and it can't charge a fee to publishers who want to leave commercial directories on your porch, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
More than 79,000 residents and businesses have signed up to opt out of yellow pages since the Seattle City Council voted two years ago to crack down on unwanted deliveries that piled up in people's recycle bins and apartment-building lobbies. To pay for the program, the city charged a $100 fee to each of the three companies that distribute the books in Seattle, plus a per-book charge and a disposal fee for unwanted directories that ended up at the recycling center.
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