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Second Circuit rejects constitutionality of Vermont's ban on religious “vanity” plates: Byrne v. Rutledge, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 20825 (Oct. 8, 2010)
Posted on 12 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

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... Read More

Supreme Court: Vermont Law Restricting Prescribing Data Is Unconstitutional
Posted on 23 Jun 2011 by Tom Moylan

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... Read More

Third Circuit Grants Rehearing to Resolve Contradictory Results on Students’ Online Speech
Posted on 13 Apr 2010 by Mark Rogers

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... Read More

3rd Circuit Finds 1st Amendment Violations In School Discipline For Online Postings
Posted on 14 Jun 2011 by Mark Rogers

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... Read More

Nebraska Lawyer Sues Bar Association Over Speech Rights
Posted on 11 Oct 2012 by William Perry Pendley

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... Read More

NLRB Frowns on Dooced (Facebook Firings): Facebook Comments May Be Protected Concerted Activity
Posted on 7 Feb 2011 by Darrell VanDeusen

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... Read More