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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

Supreme Court Limits State Rules On Campaign Spending
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court imposed new limits Monday on states trying to restrain the influence of money in politics, striking down a law that tied the amount of public funds a candidate receives to how much privately funded rivals spend... 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

High Court Rules Against Banning Violent Video Sales To Kids
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) States cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting such limits as a violation of young people's First Amendment rights and leaving it up to parents and the... 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