Third Circuit Grants Rehearing to Resolve Contradictory Results on Students’ Online Speech

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) In a pair of orders issued April 9, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals agreed to rehear two cases en banc, both of which pertain to students' in-school discipline for their online behavior that occurred off school grounds (J .S., a minor, through her parents...

Second Circuit rejects constitutionality of Vermont's ban on religious “vanity” plates: Byrne v. Rutledge, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 20825 (Oct. 8, 2010)

The 2 nd Circuit recently ruled that a Vermont ban on religious "vanity" plates constituted a free speech violation. Specifically, 23 V.S.A. § 304 (d)(4) prohibits the issuance of special number plates with the following combination of letters or numbers: Combinations of letters or...

NLRB Frowns on Dooced (Facebook Firings): Facebook Comments May Be Protected Concerted Activity

Some of you may recall the story of Heather Armstrong, the first person to get "dooced" (fired for blogging about her employer). The word "dooce" originated from Ms. Anderson's personal blog. According to a recent Wikipedia search on Ms. Armstrong, in 2002 she " ignited a...

3rd Circuit Finds 1st Amendment Violations In School Discipline For Online Postings

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) In rulings issued June 13 in two cases that it reheard en banc, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that schools do not have the authority to regulate students' speech that occurs off school grounds if the speech does not pose a significant threat of substantial...

Supreme Court: Vermont Law Restricting Prescribing Data Is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Vermont's law restricting the sale of doctors' drug-prescribing information to data miners for use in marketing drugs to doctors is an unconstitutional, impermissible restriction on free speech content and on speakers with which the state disagrees, the U.S....

Nebraska Lawyer Sues Bar Association Over Speech Rights

By William Perry Pendley DENVER - A Nebraska attorney on Oct. 9 filed a lawsuit against the Nebraska State Bar Association in federal district court in Lincoln charging that it violates his rights under the Constitution's First and Fourteenth Amendments. Scott Lautenbaugh, Esq., an Omaha, Nebraska...