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Trebert v. City of New Orleans
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1560 (2005)
The city of New Orleans (the city) (defendant) enacted an ordinance that restricted artists who sold their work in Jackson Square to original, hand-drawn art, as opposed to art that was created by mechanical or duplicative processes. The objective of the ordinance was to preserve the character and charm of the French Quarter. Marc Trebert (plaintiff) obtained a permit to sell his work—printed digital photographs to which he added pastel colors—in Jackson Square. A few days later, the city enjoined him from doing so. Trebert sought injunctive and declaratory relief in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. In defending the ordinance, the city alluded to the potential cheapening of the area around Jackson Square.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wilkinson, J.)
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