Ordinance limiting soliciting to hours between 9 am and 6 pm is partially struck down
An environmental grass roots organization sued the City of Englewood, Ohio, arguing that its ordinance limiting and regulating door-to-door soliciting was too broad and violated First Amendment rights. The District Court had struck down parts of the ordinance but upheld the curfew and the requirement that solicitors obtain and carry a "do not contact" list maintained by City administrators. The Sixth Circuit upheld minor parts of the ordinance and upheld the Ohio Citizens Action group's standing to challenge it, but struck the more offensive provisions, including the curfew. It found that the City's data did not support administrators' claim that the curfew was a crime or property value protection device.