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‘For Sale’ Sign Ban Struck Down

July 29, 1986

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Bloomfield’s ordinance banning real estate ″for sale″ and ″sold″ signs in residential neighborhoods is unconstitutional because it violates the right of free expression, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Harold Ackerman said Monday that the 7-year-old ordinance hinders the flow of information affecting decisions on where people choose to live. He also said the ordinance is inconsistent because it permits signs at construction sites in residential areas.

He said the community could maintain the character of its neighborhoods by regulating the signs’ size and color.

Vincent Pirone, Bloomfield’s assistant counsel, said he didn’t know whether the township would appeal. The case was brought by the Board of Realtors of Bloomfield, Nutley, Glen Ridge and Belleville after a local agency received a letter in December from township officials ordering removal of a sign from a lawn.

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