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Federal Court rules that Elected Official Violated First Amendment when Banning Commenter on the Official’s Public Facebook Page

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a recent decision that that should remind public officials and employees that if they have social media websites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), the websites may be...more

Use Caution when Monitoring Comments on Your School’s Social Media Page

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Public schools should be cautious as to how they moderate access to and comments on their social media profiles. In Packingham v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court recently recognized that the Internet, and particularly...more

This Painting is My Speech, This Painting is Your Speech—Government Scores a Win in Capitol Painting Controversy

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A controversial painting removed from display at the U.S. Capitol will not be returning to display after the U.S. District Court denied a request for an injunction before the exhibition in question came to an end. While the...more

Battle Over Controversial Student Art in U.S. Capitol Lands in Court—First Amendment in Focus Again

by Sullivan & Worcester on

For several weeks earlier this year, an odd battle was waged in the halls of the U.S. Capitol over a controversial work of art by a high school student placed there after an art competition in St. Louis. At issue is whether...more

Foreign Officials, Defamation Claims and the DC anti-SLAPP Statute

by LeClairRyan on

First was the lawsuit filed by Yasser Abbas, the son of the Palestinian President, against Foreign Policy Group and one of its reporters, alleging that they defamed him by asking whether he was profiting from his father’s...more

Exhibition Interference Shows That Public Institutions Still Struggle with First Amendment

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Use of Confederate Flag in California Painting and Klan Imagery in Massachusetts Leads to Removal of Controversial Works - Two recent interventions by public authorities to remove controversial works of art underscore...more

Seventh Circuit Cuts Through First Amendment Forum Jargon and Issues Robust Defense of Free Expression

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Like many cities across the country, Fort Wayne, Indiana raises money through advertisements that it sells on the inside and outside of the buses it operates. And like many cities, Fort Wayne has a number of regulations on...more

School Restriction on Decorating Graduation Cap Upheld

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

It is graduation season and issues concerning graduation conduct and dress come to the forefront during this time of the year. A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma...more

Take Your Damn Free Speech Elsewhere: T Public Property Not a Legal Public Forum

by PretiFlaherty on

The MBTA, we learned this week, is reworking its already strict guidelines for advertising on T property. Metro Boston’s transit system wants to prohibit “ads concerning political issues or matters of public debate,”...more

Location, Location, Location: The Property Underneath the Feet of Speakers Matters When Determining Whether A Public Institution...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Benjamin Bloedorn is an itinerant preacher who travels from college campus to college campus, loudly proclaiming his evangelical message for hours on end to anyone within earshot. In March 2008 he arrived at Georgia Southern...more

Employment Law Reporter – February 2013

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

In This Issue: - The Twenty Pros and Cons of Working in Human Resources - California Supreme Court Issues Harsh Ruling Regarding Union Picketing on Private Property - Excerpt from California Supreme...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2013

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In This Issue: *FEATURE ARTICLES - New Pregnancy and Disability Regulations for California Employers - Washington Federal Court Declines to Uphold Broad Non-compete Restrictions Against California...more

California High Court Issues Important Ruling on Labor Speech Rights of Unions on Private Property

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Ralphs Grocery Company v. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 8. Although the ruling resolved a long-standing dispute between a supermarket owner and the...more

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