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When the Board of Supervisors approved legislation that bans the delivery of Yellow Pages to anyone (unless a person or business opts-in to receive them), the Yellow Pages industry said they would sue San Francisco. And suing it is! The trade group representing publishers of Yellow Pages directories sued our city in U.S. District Court on First Amendment grounds on Tuesday. "The suit is based on the U.S. Constitution's protection of our free speech, as publishers, and the rights of consumers to choose where they get community information without government interference," said Neg Norton, president of Local Search Association, formerly known as the Yellow Pages Association. [SF Gate]