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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An Overview of Channel Letters

Improvements in safety and manufacturing accompany a bull market for channel letters The following article originally appeared in the October 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Bill Dundas Sign-company promotions commonly designate “neon signs” and “plastic signs” as separate categories. The advent of enclosed channel letters, however, eliminated this distinction. During the […]

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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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Penn State/USSC Legibility Study Helps Signshop Earn Variance

Practical application of USSC’s Penn State study helped Mercer Signs obtain variances The following article originally appeared in the July 1999 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Wade Swormstedt Nearly four years ago, the United States Sign Council (USSC) embarked on an ambitious study with the Penn State Transportation Institute. Signs of different […]

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Glossary of Outdoor Advertising

The Outdoor Advertising Association of America website includes a glossary of terms. You can view it here. http://oaaa.org/AboutOOH/OOHBasics/OOHGlossaryofTerms.aspx         Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. Formerly he was Editor and Publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.More Posts

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When the Proposed International Zoning Code Threatened the Sign Industry

Code-development authorities unwittingly imperiled the sign industry The following article originally appeared in the October 1997 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. An update appears on this website at http://fasi.org/2000/01/11/zone-defense/ By Bill Dundas When Signs of the Times magazine┬áreceived an alarming fax from the United States Sign Council’s Executive Director Andrew D. Bertucci at […]

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