recycled phone booksPhoto: m_e_mccarronLet your fingers do the walking … to the courthouse. As promised, Yellow Page publishers have sued to overturn a law in Seattle that lets people opt out of receiving paper phone books. The publishers say the law, the first of its kind in the U.S., is unconstitutional.

Dex One Corp., SuperMedia, and the Yellow Pages Association argue in a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington that the Seattle ordinance “restricts publishers’ fundamental right to free speech.”

Reader support helps sustain our work. Donate today to keep our climate news free.

The First Amendment prohibits government “from licensing or exercising advance approval of the press, from directing publishers what to publish and to whom they may communicate, and from assessing fees for the privilege of publishing,” attorneys say.

The suit also claims that the Seattle ordinance unlawfully interferes with interstate commerce and violates the privacy rights of Seattle residents.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

Get the full story from our friends at Treehugger.