No. 22-2905.

83 F.4th 1066 (2023)

CITY OF EAST ST. LOUIS, ILLINOIS, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. NETFLIX, INC., et al., Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided October 13, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Melissa K. Sims , Attorney, Milberg, Coleman, Bryson, Phillips, Grossman, PLLC, Garden City, NY, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Mary R. Alexander , Robert C. Collins, III , Attorneys, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago, IL, Peter E. Davis , Gregory G. Garre , Jean A. Pawlow , Attorneys, Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, DC, Julie Fix Meyer , Attorney, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis, MO, for Defendant-Appellee Netflix, Inc.

Victor Jib , Conor Tucker , Kelly Hope Yin , Attorneys, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Los Angeles, CA, Darci Faulkner Madden , Attorney, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, St. Louis, MO, for Defendants-Appellees Disney Platform Distribution, Inc., Hulu, LLC.

Jennifer Aronoff , Daniel R. Campbell , Attorneys, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellee Apple Inc.

Adam Howard Charnes , Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Dallas, TX, Philip Charles Graham , Natalie J. Kussart , Attorneys, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C., St. Louis, MO, John P. Jett , Kevin Bradford Sears , Attorneys, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Atlanta, GA, for Defendants-Appellees WarnerMedia Direct, LLC, DIRECTV, LLC.

Jessica Wagner , Helgi C. Walker , Attorneys, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC, for Defendant-Appellee Services LLC.

Mitchell A. Kamin , Neema Sahni , Attorneys, Covington & Burling, LLP, Jordan Joachim , Attorney, Covington & Burling, LLP, New York, NY, for Defendant-Appellee CBS Interactive Inc.

Kathleen A. Stetsko , Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago, IL, Sunita Bali , Elliott Julian Joh , Attorneys, Perkins Coie LLP, San Francisco, CA, Marc S. Martin , Attorney, Perkins Coie LLP, Washington, DC, for Defendant-Appellee YouTube LLC.

Adam Bowser , Morgan R. Pankow , Attorneys, ArentFox Schiff LLP, Washington, DC, for Defendant-Appellee CuriosityStream, Inc.

David P. Murray , Matthew Wayne Johnson , Attorneys, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Washington, DC, for Defendant-Appellee Peacock TV, LLC.

Matthew R. Friedman , Pantelis Michalopoulos , Attorneys, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC, Jeffrey L. Schultz , Attorney, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis, MO, for Defendant-Appellee Dish Network L.L.C.

Before Easterbrook, Hamilton, and Pryor, Circuit Judges.

Illinois requires anyone who wants to provide cable or video service to obtain permission from state or local authorities, and pay a fee, as a condition of using public rights of way. 220 ILCS 5/21-101 to 5/21-1601. In recent years traditional cable services have been supplemented or replaced by over-the-top streaming...

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