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Mealey's IP/Tech - 4th Circuit: Maryland Online Political Ad Statute Violates 1st Amendment

RICHMOND, Va. - A recently passed Maryland law requiring the operators of online platforms to report and post certain information about political advertisers was described by a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel as "a compendium of traditional First Amendment infirmities," as the panel on Dec. 6 affirmed a trial court's finding that the statute crosses free speech bounds and merits a preliminary injunction sought by a coalition of online news site operators (The Washington Post, et al. v. David J. McManus Jr., et al., No. 19-1132, 4th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 36245).
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