A woman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Duluth, arguing the city’s ban on “Duluth Dumpsters” violated her First Amendment rights.
In the lawsuit filed Monday, Rebecca M. Smith filed a class-action suit alleging Duluth Dumps violated her rights to free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of association.
Smith was among the first people to file a civil rights complaint in 2016.
It was filed after Duluth banned the sale of duluth dumpsters and other dumpster-like items at several businesses, including the city library, the city recreation center and the city government office.
The lawsuit says dulUTH “is a common-sense solution to curb the increasing number of dumptruck accidents in our community.”
The city of 24,000 residents has issued three fines for the use of dummies or similar objects in dumpsters.
Dumpster operators have been fined for violating the city ordinance.
DulUTH is one of three municipalities that have banned the use and sale of dumpsters, with other municipalities including St. Cloud, Minn., and Duluth also banning the sale and use of such objects.
Dumpster bans are in place in other cities around the country.