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ACLU's suit over Super Bowl "clean zone" settled

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have agreed to a settlement resolving the group's lawsuit over the city's plans to enforce a "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week.

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The agreement filed Monday would allow the city to enforce some limits on commercial activity in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. The filing says the city can prohibit "off-site and mobile advertising," such as signs attached to a vehicle or worn by a person.

But ALCU of Louisiana executive director Marjorie Esman said the city has agreed not to restrict other forms of commercial or non-commercial speech in the "clean zone."

The agreement must be approved by a federal judge.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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