Thursday, September 11, 2014

9th Circuit: Ban On Soliciting At LAX Upheld Over Hare Krishna Challenge

In a case that slipped under my radar last month, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Los Angeles ordinance banning continuous or repetitive solicitation for the immediate receipt of funds at Los Angeles International Airport, rejecting a challenge to the ban by the Hare Krishna movement.  In International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles, (9th Cir., Aug. 20, 2014), a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit held that major international airports have a legitimate interest in controlling pedestrian congestion and reducing the risk of fraud and duress attendant to repetitive, in-person solicitation.