This one was new to me.
National chain video store has several large, bold, ugly, signs on the property declaring store closing. This includes very large banners (entire length of storefront) and 40 sf a-frame signs placed on sidewalk and in parking lot.
We send a notice to the registered agent for the store: signs are not in compliance and do not have any permits.
We get a letter back from the agent's corporate attorney. They state that the chain has finalized its bankruptcy proceedings and part of the settlement included a provision that signs were specifically exempt from all local and state ordinances. They said that our state's attorney general was provided with a copy of the declaration and did not respond in the response period and therefore neither town nor state could object. I read through the declaration. It is alarming. Furthermore, there is no time limitation on how long the store closing sale can go on. I'm sure I could call our attorney, but with major budget cuts we're trying to keep our legal expenses to big items. I'm not really looking for advice, just curious if anyone else has every heard of or dealt with this.