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Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« on: December 24, 2017, 11:20:48 AM »
Do not know if this was posted here; I have not noticed any links on it.

http://triblive.com/...s#axzz3PZhxvIAR

The couple initially requested to have the billboard turned away at night, and were promptly told "no"

A petition of service (FWIW) for the Colbergs are available here:http://org.salsalabs...ction_KEY=16976



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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 04:01:32 PM »
The link was the first time I've actually witnessed these billboards.

A fantastic way to market, undoubtedly.

The reason why we allow such things, beyond the apparent motives of graft is beyond me.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 05:27:07 AM »
The CEO of the billboard company should be made have one outside his/her own home !

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 04:46:12 PM »
This bears close watching; much could be riding upon the outcome.

The only comment that I'd care to make before having a closer look at the matter is that in my opinion the defendants erred in failing to take prompt legal action aimed at mitigation of/relief from a nuisance, i.e. light trespass, choosing instead to contact the advertisers over a period of time to voice their complaints regardingthe billboard. Of course, they have every right to peacefully voice their concerns to those purchasing space, but that will not prevent a lawsuit if a court finds that the advertising company has standing, which it apparently has so determined.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 12:49:16 PM »
I think the sign company made a mistake with the lawsuit, especially if it ends up going in front of a jury.

I just did a search and found their company on line and sent them a message through their contact mechanism.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 08:07:45 AM »
These things worry me. I've seen examples that are very bright with periodic eye burning brilliant flashes when they change. Fortunately there are none near my house, for now.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 10:27:17 PM »
Unfortunately, the billboard industry in Pennsylvania has a lot of clout.

I always enjoy my trips to Vermont. There are no billboards.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 02:17:34 AM »
The corp doesn't have a legal standing....people have a right to freedom of speech.....the corp has the right to advertise "Shop these businesses" and the people have the right to advertise "Don't shop these businesses". If that don't work, wait for the next strong wind.....

Robert Bilbruck

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 04:38:05 AM »
But corporations are people too!

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I was sitting in a Waffle House near Pittsburgh the other day, with the blinds pulled down. I saw bright lights outside, raised the blinds on the window, and there was one of these monsters.

But I have to tell you, the ads burned into my mind much more than with regular billboards. These electronic things are really vivid.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 07:33:05 AM »
Personally I hate those thing, for these reasons:

- The obvious LP reasons
- Too distracting to the driver
- Sudden drastic changes in brightness mess with your night driving

Plus, they're stupid: You can't read the darn things until you get close enough, just in time for them to change to something else that you can't read in time before you pass it! I understand the economy of it, but sheesh!

This sort of sidetracks me to: Why have all emergency services vehicle lights switched to strobe lights? When you have nighttime construction or an accident on the freeway at night, with lots of vehicles there,these things are horribly confusing, and I'll bet more than one epileptic seizure has been triggered by them (not to mention accidents)!

Probably arranged by the same idiots that gave us "roundabout" freeway on/off ramps.

(Sorry!)
/vent

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 07:47:48 AM »
I think this just another example, and a particularly egregious one, of the sensory overkill that is becoming a characteristic of our culture. Not only in the visual domain, but also in the audible. I haven't been doing any highway driving at night lately, but I recall how those things both annoy you and destroy night vision simultaneously. Similarly, the assorted back-up beeps of construction vehicles, car alarm trips, cell ring tones, subwoofer growlings from automobile stereos, and emergency vehicle redundant noise-making (in addition to the strobes!) are just another facet of that overall trend. Face it, we are living in a culture styled after an action movie or a video game.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 11:36:09 PM »
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Probably arranged by the same idiots that gave us "roundabout" freeway on/off ramps
Don't bother coming to the UK then! Anyway this might help you - http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Roundabout

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 02:22:32 AM »
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But corporations are people too!
I have to disagree. I believe a corporation is a legal construct that has individual people working for it. During their time of employment, the people do things and make decisions based on what is best for the corporation normally. These decisions may be different than the ones they would make if they or their families were the only ones affected. As I see it, a corporation is more of an organized mob, with the appropriate mentality.

Though many corporations do try to do the right thing, something like light pollution falls outside of anything they would think about being bad. There are no cost benefit ratios to be calculated and no safety type statistics that the corporation can use to form an opinion or decide on an action. Until enough people complain about issues like what these people face, we are all just a bunch of odd ball cranks to be dismissed by corporate logic.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 07:20:23 AM »
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The CEO of the billboard company should be made have one outside his/her own home !

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I think the sign company made a mistake with the lawsuit, especially if it ends up going in front of a jury.

I just did a search and found their company on line and sent them a message through their contact mechanism.

I couldn't agree more, these are great posts, we all should contact them this way with these response's.

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Re: Couple Sued For Complaining About Electronic Billboard
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 07:31:07 AM »
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This bears close watching; much could be riding upon the outcome.

The only comment that I'd care to make before having a closer look at the matter is that in my opinion the defendants erred in failing to take prompt legal action aimed at mitigation of/relief from a nuisance, i.e. light trespass, choosing instead to contact the advertisers over a period of time to voice their complaints regardingthe billboard. Of course, they have every right to peacefully voice their concerns to those purchasing space, but that will not prevent a lawsuit if a court finds that the advertising company has standing, which it apparently has so determined.

This looks like a classic SLAPP by the lawyer for the billboard company, and unfortunately, these homeowners are going to get put in the wringer, financially and mentally, by the legal process and court system. Some states have anti-SLAPP laws on the books to prevent this kind of abuse.