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January 31, 2015
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Third time a charm for The Early Bird

“The Early Bird is certainly not a ‘shopper’ advertisement flyer as pejoratively described by Civitas Media, LLC.,” – Judge Jonathan P. Hein

GREENVILLE – “The Early Bird is certainly not a ‘shopper’ advertisement flyer as pejoratively described by Civitas Media, LLC,” said Judge Jonathan P. Hein, Darke County Court of Common Pleas, in a ruling favoring The Early Bird and Brother’s Publishing, LLC. This is the third time court officials have determined the hometown, locally owned, weekly newspaper is in compliance with the Ohio Revised Code as a Newspaper of General Circulation.

The ruling is important for The Early Bird in order to continue to running and seeking legal advertising. Every attempt by Civitas Media, owners of the Daily Advocate, to have the decision overturned has failed. Hein said in his ruling, “The Court finds that the Legislature clearly intended free newspapers to be added as a method to meet general circulation purposes,” said Hein. “The expanded page size and substantive content requirement of revised R.C. 7.12(A)(1) and (2) were included to increase the likelihood that the newspaper would attract the public to also view governmental information and notices.”

See more about Judge Hein’s ruling on the front page of this week’s The Early Bird.

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