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Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores: The Seventh Circuit Explores the Boundaries of Commercial Speech

When and how the First Amendment [ version available to lexis.com 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 the Seventh Circuit. When Bulls legend Michael...

Free Speech – When April Fools’ Day Goes To Court: The Wall Street Journal and Harrods Go To War Over A Joke

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 do not end right there on the first of the month...

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Caught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law

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, the Court found that the law violated the First...

D.C. Circuit Rules a Provision of the Conflict Minerals Rule Violates the First Amendment

On April 14, 2014, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com 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.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/D3B5DAF947A03F2785257CBA0053AEF8...

"Judges Think I Am Awesome!" Third Circuit Approves Use Of Judicial Endorsement on Lawyer's Website

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 opinions appeared in the advertisement, [ enhanced...