About Christina Martin

Christina Martin is a Fellow in the College of Public Interest Law and works at PLF's Atlantic Center in Florida.

Motion for Summary Judgment in McLean v. City of Alexandria

Yesterday, PLF filed a motion for summary judgment, asking a federal court to hold that the City of Alexandria violated the First Amendment through its enforcement of a city ordinance that made it illegal to display “For Sale” signs on … Continue reading

A win for free speech and the right to advertise in Alexandria

Today, the Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to repeal the ordinance challenged by our lawsuit, McLean v. City of Alexandria. The ordinance made it illegal to display a “For Sale” sign on cars parked on city streets. It did not … Continue reading

Stopping development for cheaper condemnation later is a taking

The Fifth Amendment requires the government to compensate a property owner when it takes property from a private landowner. To get around the requirement of paying “just compensation,” government entities often get creative. One trick is to depress property values … Continue reading

Court denies motion to dismiss PLF’s suit challenging sign ban

Yesterday, the United States Eastern District of Virginia denied the City of Alexandria’s motion to dismiss Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuit in McLean v. City of Alexandria. The court’s opinion made clear that regardless of whether the City decides to later … Continue reading

City of Alexandria tries to deny client’s day in court

Yesterday, we had our hearing on the City of Alexandria’s motion to dismiss in McLean v. City of Alexandria. In this case, we are challenging the constitutionality of a City ordinance that makes it illegal to advertise a car for sale while … Continue reading

The Interview shows why courts should fix the commercial speech doctrine

The Interview, a ridiculous movie about a fictional plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea, made millions this weekend after Sony Pictures decided to release it to those theaters and online stores willing to offer it. Sony’s decision came … Continue reading

PLF’s challenge to “For Sale” sign ban makes waves

PLF’s lawsuit challenging the City of Alexandria’s ban on “For Sale” signs in parked cars is creating a big response from the media and the City itself. As our readers recall, our client, Scott McLean received a parking ticket a few … Continue reading

PLF challenges Alexandria’s “For Sale” sign ban

Scott McLean, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, would like to sell his truck, but is afraid of getting a parking ticket, like he did two years ago, when he placed a “For Sale” sign on his car. Why would he get a … Continue reading