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Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores: The Seventh Circuit Explores the Boundaries of Commercial Speech
Posted on 19 Mar 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

When and how the First Amendment [ version available to subscribers ] applies is normally a complicated question. In Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc. , No. 12-1992 , the parties teamed up to present an issue on commercial speech for... Read More

First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion Doesn’t Apply to For Profit Corporation - Corporation Forced to Buy Insurance
Posted on 31 Jul 2013 by Barry Zalma

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant It is the dream of every business that its customers be required by law to enter into a contract to buy the product of the business. Insurance is, by definition a contract freely entered into between a person... Read More

D.C. Circuit Rules a Provision of the Conflict Minerals Rule Violates the First Amendment
Posted on 3 Jun 2014 by Pepper Hamilton Environmental Law Practice Group

On April 14, 2014, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], in Nat'l Ass'n of Mfrs. v. SEC , 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6840, D.C. Cir., No. 13-5252, 4/14/14) (available at http://www.cadc.uscourts... Read More

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Halts Birth Control Contraceptive Mandate For Catholic Group
Posted on 6 Jan 2014 by Ted Zwayer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 31 temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against... Read More

Caught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law
Posted on 27 May 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

The Illinois Supreme Court has essentially gutted the state’s long-standing eavesdropping law, placing the state into an unprecedented “no-mans-land” for the recording of private conversations. In two separate unconsolidated opinions... Read More

Ninth Circuit Rejects EA’s “Incidental Use” Defense in Madden-Related Right of Publicity Suit
Posted on 23 Feb 2015 by DLA Piper

By Matt Ganas, Frank Ryan and Melissa Reinckens On January 6, 2015, the Ninth Circuit decided that Electronic Arts Inc.’s (“EA”) unauthorized use of former NFL players’ likeness as avatars in the Madden NFL video game series... Read More

DC Circuit Court Upholds Federal Ban On Campaign Contributions – What’s Next for Politically Active Government Contractors?
Posted on 10 Aug 2015 by DLA Piper

By William H. Minor A unanimous federal appeals court in Washington, DC has upheld a long-standing ban on federal campaign contributions by government contractors. The case, Wagner et al. v. Federal Election Commission , [subscribers can access... Read More

What Does McCutcheon Mean for Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law?
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

On April 2, the United States Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in McCutcheon v. FEC , 572 U.S. __ (2014), [ version available to subscribers ]. The case was closely watched because it presented the Court the opportunity to... Read More

7th Cir. Upholds Springfield's Panhandling Ordinance, Using a Historic Twist
Posted on 8 Oct 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Eric G. Pearson It can’t have happened often (if at all) that a retired Justice would decide a new case based on his reading of an opinion in which he dissented. Yet that is precisely what happened in Thayer v. Worcester , 755 F.3d 60... Read More

Chemical Labeling and Disclosures: Can the Government Put Words in Your Mouth
Posted on 23 Jul 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Eric Gotting and Martha Marrapese, Partners at Keller and Heckman, authored the article "Chemical Labeling and Disclosures: Can the Government Put Words in Your Mouth." The article was published in the Spring 2015 edition of Natural Resources... Read More