Reconciling Santa Monica’s Ban on Pole Signs

The contentious code — which eliminates all pole signs — takes effect This article, written by Jennifer Flinchpaugh, originally appeared in the May 2000 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. No projecting signs. No upper-level signs. No roof signs. And no off-premise signs. Certainly Santa Monica, CA’s sign code, adopted in 1985 and scheduled […]

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How USSC and ISA Jointly Improved the Intl. Zoning Code

After two years of collaborative effort, the ICC, ISA and USSC release the Intl. Zoning Code’s new-and-improved sign chapter The following article originally appeared in the January 2000 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Jennifer Flinchpaugh “An estimated 80,000 communities could have adopted the ICC’s zoning code and, by default, the problematic sign […]

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How An Appraisal Could have Defeated Amortization in Mississippi

Mississippi circuit court upholds amortization of signage, but could this tragedy have been prevented? The following article originally appeared in the June 1999 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus Thomas A. Claus contributed to this article. He is completing studies at Portland (OR) State University and will begin attending […]

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The Value of an Electronic Message Center Freeway Sign

When a motel has used a sign rent-free for four years, how much should it have to pay the sign’s landowner? The following article originally appeared in the April 1999 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. Wade Swormstedt is the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. By Wade […]

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Sign-Valuation Arguments Thwart Amortization Against Michael’s

Richfield, MN, realized what it might have to pay in just compensation and let Michael’s keep its on-premise billboard The following article originally appeared in the December 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By John Yarger, Esq. A Michaels crafts store in Richfield, MN, was recently the target of an amortization scheme. On […]

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Another Perspective on Blockbuster Video and the Lanham Act

Here’s a reminder that landlords are not subject to the Lanham Act The following article originally appeared in the November 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Robert M. Aran, Esq. and Jeffrey L. Aran, Esq. For the landmark Blockbuster Videocase, Bob and Jeff Aran each submitted amici curiae (friend of the court) […]

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The Economic Worth of On-Premise Signs, Part II

Appraising techniques can isolate the cause-and-effect value of on-premise signs to merchants This article originally appeared in the October 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Richard M. Bass Last month, the authors discussed the First Amendment protect ion that signs (as commercial speech) enjoy. In addition, they […]

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The Economic Worth of On-Premise Signs, Part I

The value of on-premise signs is best determined by advertising criteria The following article originally appeared in the September 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Richard M. Bass “Business signage has worth far beyond its cost of production and placement. This worth can be determined through empirically […]

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Is a Sign Company an Advertising Service?

Of course it is, state the authors. But as happened in a recent South Dakota case, the question can only be answered by constructing a carefully worded argument. The following article originally appeared in the November 1987 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By R. James Claus and Karen Claus The question of whether a […]

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Sign Codes and the Need for Advocacy

The following article originally appeared in the September 1983 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By R. James Claus (Part one of a speech given at the Eight-Sheet Outdoor convention in San Francisco.) Introduction The future of the eight-sheet industry has been, and will continue to be, shaped by the development of sign codes. […]

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