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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

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

"Judges Think I Am Awesome!" Third Circuit Approves Use Of Judicial Endorsement on Lawyer's Website
Posted on 16 Oct 2014 by Peter J. Gallagher

In an interesting First Amendment decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has struck down a New Jersey attorney-advertising guideline that banned attorneys from including judicial quotations in their advertising unless the full judicial... 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

Free Speech – When April Fools’ Day Goes To Court: The Wall Street Journal and Harrods Go To War Over A Joke
Posted on 2 Apr 2014 by Randy J. Maniloff

Most April Fools’ Day jokes end with a good natured laugh between the fooler and the foolee. But, this being the land where baseball and litigation are competing for title of National Pastime, you have to expect that some April Fools’ jokes... Read More