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More Nanny Taxes

I keep hearing more and more state legislators talk about imposing taxes on "violent video games." It reminded me of an article I wrote earlier this year about such proposals. Back in February, bored Oklahoma lawmakers took a break from playing checkers and talking about OU football to make...

Critic of Jordan's king faces possible prosecution

AMMAN Jordan (AP) - Prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic Labib Kamhawi said Wednesday that he may face prosecution and even jail for inciting revolt and defaming Jordan's King Abdullah II, but he denied any wrongdoing and vowed he will fight back. The Amman general prosecutor...

Lawyer: Bahrain overturns activist's Twitter case

MANAMA Bahrain (AP) - A Bahrain judge on Thursday overturned a conviction against a prominent human rights campaigner for posting alleged anti-government comments on social media, but the activist remained jailed while appealing another prison sentence. The decision shifts the focus among Full version...

Your Tattoo Says a Lot About You, Constitutionally Speaking

Tattoos are intended to convey a message. Whether it's an old-school-style pinup girl or the modern favorite "tribal language," the tattoo bearer, presumably, gets inked because of the message that it conveys. Perhaps the message is meant only for the tattoo bearer but perhaps it is intended...

Vietnam convicts 3 bloggers for anti-gov't posts

HANOI Vietnam (AP) - Vietnam issued jail sentences ranging from four to 12 years on Monday to three bloggers who wrote about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy, intensifying a crackdown on its citizens' use of Internet to criticize the government. The cases are particularly Full...

Nebraska Lawyer Sues Bar Association Over Speech Rights

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. Scott Lautenbaugh, Esq., an Omaha, Nebraska...

Morocco expels 19 foreigners from W Sahara

RABAT Morocco (AP) - Morocco has expelled 19 foreigners from the annexed territory of the Western Sahara, saying they were journalists who entered without permission. The action, which underlines Morocco's intense sensitivity over criticism of its policies in the mineral rich region, came as...

Russia expands treason law, critics fear crackdown

MOSCOW (AP) - Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent, Russians now live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor. The law took effect Wednesday, just two days after Full version...

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – January 29th, 2013 Update

Real Cases in Real Estate is a weekly update on real estate law, with legal principles illustrated and explained by lawsuits from around the country. The topics are wide-ranging for appeal to a broad spectrum of readers including lawyers, homeowners, investors and the general public. Andrea Lee...

Pennsylvania Court Rejects "Expressive Technique of Encampment" on Private Property - Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq.

Observing that "the notion of a permanent encampment on either public or private property to the exclusion of other members of the public or a private owner is untenable and has been rejected by every court which has ruled upon it," the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania...

That's What They Said: Facebook "Like" Under the First Amendment, Same-Sex Marriage Benefits, Plus a Carnival

Now, where did I put the mustard for my deep fried Red Bull battered Twinkie dog? (Like I would ever use ketchup for that?!?) While I search for the spicy brown, I'll get you caught up on the latest employment-law news... Over at the Wall Street Journal's law blog , I read Joe Palazzolo...

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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First Amendment and Off-Label Promotion – Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia (“ Caronia ”), who had been tried and convicted of participating in an unlawful conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug into interstate commerce in violation of the U...

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...

Appeals Court Hears Arguments Anew On Country-Of-Origin Labeling

By Stefanie Jill Fogel and Mary B. Langowski On May 19, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, sitting en banc, heard arguments in a case brought by the meat industry challenging COOL as a violation of free speech under the First Amendment. In March, a panel of that court denied the meat industry’s...

"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...

High Court Considers Whether Conviction For Threats Requires An Intent Showing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 heard oral arguments over whether a conviction for making threatening communications under 16 U.S. Code Section 875(c) requires a showing of intent to harm by the speaker ( Anthony Douglas Elonis v. United States of America ,...

Issue of Threats via Facebook Heads to the Supreme Court

The intersection of Facebook use and Free Speech is complicated. Complicated enough, in fact, that the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the subject when it decides a case it is scheduled to hear argument in today, Elonis v. United States [lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs for this...

Throwing Out Local Sign Ordinances – Eric Damian Kelly on the Supreme Court's Decision in Reed v. Gilbert

Eric Damian Kelly on the Supreme Court's June 2015 decision in Reed v. Gilbert, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], a decision likely to render most local sign ordinances unconstitutional. Content-based distinctions of "for sale," "no...

The Limits of Employee Free Speech on Social Media

One of the finest employment-law bloggers, Daniel Schwartz, recently marked the eight-year anniversary of his Connecticut Employment Law Blog with a post about the three most notable changes in employment law over that span . Number one was social media. While for us bloggers, social media presents...

Let’s Revisit That Post About Cursing Out Your Boss on Facebook

Last year, at about this time, I blogged here about a case involving some employees who thought that their employer had underpaid them. So, they discussed the matter at work. And then continued their conversation on Facebook, where they used language that wouldn’t quite make an Eagles fan in the...

Climate Scientist Threatened with Investigation by Member of Congress for Purported “Partisan Political Activity”

By Lauren Kurtz A climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter to President Obama, supporting a proposed RICO investigation of some corporate opponents to action on climate change, has himself been threatened with a Congressional investigation by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). Rep. Smith –...