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Pharmacy wants First Amendment shield to sell execution drugs

A pharmacy filed a motion arguing that selling execution drugs is a form of political speech protected under the First Amendment. The pharmacy has provided drugs for 16 Missouri executions and wants to remain anonymous. In Doe v. Reed, Chief Justice John Roberts said parties resisting disclosure could prevail if they demonstrate that disclosure would […]

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New California law allowing censorship of actors’ ages faces First Amendment challenge

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law allowing actors to remove their ages from the database of the film and TV app IMDb. The law was passed to help prevent age-based discrimination in the entertainment industry but has been criticized as censorship. (Variety, September 24, 2016, by Dave McNary) Legal experts doubt the law will […]

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Free speech: Yelp pushes laws to protect negative consumer reviews

As reviewers face legal actions over their postings on Yelp, Yelp is backing two federal laws to protect consumers from lawsuits for their online opinions. The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) would prevent companies from including gag clauses in contracts with consumers. The Speak Free Act would enable consumers to use an anti-SLAPP motion to […]

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Sunlight Foundation dims its light damaging transparency campaign

With the shutdown of its technical unit, Sunlight Labs, the Sunlight Foundation has provoked much speculation about its future. Labs Director Kat Duffy, Sunlight Foundation, September 21, 2016, says it’s a time for reflection on the purpose and future of technology in establishing sustainable models for transparency. She observes that the Labs’ work is open […]

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National security takes free speech in clash over disseminating info on making untraceable 3D-printed guns to foreign nationals

The State Department won a round in the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals when the court ruled that the government’s interest in protecting national security could prevent a gun company, Defense Distributed, from publishing information on its website that provided technical advice to foreign nationals to produce un traceable 3D-printed guns . One justice […]

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Yelp appeals to California Supreme Court after adverse libel case ruling

Yelp is appealing a defamation lawsuit to the California Supreme Court after a lower court ruled that Yelp must  remove a post criticizing a San Francisco law firm. The firm’s lawyer Dawn Hassell claims it just wants to remove defamatory content from the site, but Yelp is worried that the ruling could make it easy […]

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Motion picture industry fights to protect its interests using free speech argument

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is mounting a strong First Amendment defense in Forsyth v. MPAA, a lawsuit to force the industry to change ratings for films involving tobacco use to R. The plaintiffs say that children viewing tobacco imagery will be encouraged to use tobacco resulting in the deaths of millions. The […]

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Epi-Pen fallout: More transparency on the horizon for drug price increases

A law proposed by U.S. Senator John McCain and two democratic legislators would increase transparency in the pharmaceutical industry by requiring them to reveal why it is necessary to raise drug prices. “Drug corporations that choose to increase the price of prescription drugs by more than 10 percent in a year should be required to […]

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California advisory vote on Citizens United set for November

On the November ballot in California, Proposition 59 asks  elected officials to press for changes regarding campaign spending and contributions. An advisory measure, Prop 59 seeks an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that removed limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions. (California Secretary of State Official […]

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Washington Post reporter engages public in reporting Trump contributions

In verifying Donald Trump’s claim of contributing million to charities, Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold contacting charities, over 350, listing his findings on legal paper and posting the list to Twitter, informing and involving the public. (NiemanLab, September 9, 2-016, by Ricardo Bilton) Since June Fahrenthold has been checking the Trump Foundation finding scant evidence […]

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