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U.S. High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Funeral Protest Case
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A man who was trying to bury his dead son, a member of the U.S. military, in a "private, dignified manner" was entitled to call upon Maryland's tort law when he was prevented from doing so, the attorney... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Struggles With Funeral Protest Case
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral. The complexity and weightiness... Read More

Vince McMahon Sues Over WWE Garb At Connecticut Polls
Posted on 29 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HARTFORD, Conn. - (AP) World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon, the husband of U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop local election workers from asking WWE fans to cover up their wrestling garb... Read More

Free Speech Cases At Top Of Supreme Court's Agenda
Posted on 4 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) First Amendment cases top the Supreme Court's docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time. The court will look at provocative anti-gay protests at military funerals and... Read More

'Bigfoot' Lawsuit: N.H. Is Stomping On Civil Liberties
Posted on 10 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CONCORD, N.H. - (AP) First there was a Bigfoot sighting. Now, there's a Bigfoot suing. A performance artist and amateur filmmaker who dressed as the mythical beast says New Hampshire park rangers didn't have the right to kick him off a mountain... Read More

British Writer Wins Vital Appeal In Libel Case
Posted on 1 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LONDON – (AP) A British science writer chipped away at the country's harsh libel laws Thursday with an appeals court victory in a case that has become a rallying point for free speech advocates. The decision for Simon Singh was hailed by his... Read More

Tobacco Firms Sue FDA Over New Graphic Warnings
Posted on 18 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (AP) Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the warnings violate their... Read More

Mass. Man Sues School Official Over Bullying Case
Posted on 28 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BOSTON - (AP) A Massachusetts man claims in a lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was removed from a public meeting for criticizing school officials in the case of a teenager who committed suicide after allegedly being bullied relentlessly... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Discretion In Issuing Gun Permits
Posted on 12 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) The nationwide debate over liberalizing gun laws spilled into a federal courtroom in Sacramento on Thursday as gun-rights groups challenged how much discretion California's law enforcement officials have in issuing concealed... Read More

Alito Is Supreme Court's Lonely Voice On 1st Amendment
Posted on 7 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Alone among his colleagues, Justice Samuel Alito chose privacy over free speech Wednesday in the Supreme Court's consideration of protests at military funerals. The picketers who showed up at the March 2006 funeral for Matthew... Read More

Law Punishing Fake Heroes May Go To Supreme Court
Posted on 13 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

DENVER - (AP) The Justice Department is battling to save a federal law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero, appealing two court rulings that the statute is an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech. The fight could be carried all the way... Read More

Pennsylvania Girls Fight 'Boobies' Bracelet Ban in U.S. Court
Posted on 20 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) In a test case of whether breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim "I (heart) boobies!" can be banned in public schools, one district is calling the slogan a sexually charged double entendre. The free-speech case... Read More