No legal notices in free California dailies

In California, “voluntary pay” newspapers are not qualified to carry legal notices, a state appeals court has ruled.

The decision overturns a May 2007 Humboldt County Superior Court ruling that the Eureka Reporter was a “newspaper of general circulation” that was qualified to run public notices.

The Reporter is a free daily that has a “Voluntary Pay Program” that asks readers to “sponsor” the paper to “cover the expense of home delivery.” The Reporter is delivered whether or not a household pays the paper.

The Times-Standard, a rival paid daily, had challenged the court petition filed by the Reporter in 2007 to be allowed to run legal notices. (editor and publisher)

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