“Docs v. Glocks” case not about guns but speech, PLF says

Last month, PLF filed a brief in Wollschlaeger v. Governor of the State of Florida. The case, also known as “Docs v. Glocks,” will be argued in June at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Recently, I was interviewed for an … Continue reading

Do doctors give up their First Amendment rights when they speak with patients?

The answer to that question should be “no.” Unfortunately, something called the “professional speech doctrine” practically makes the answer, “yes.” That’s why today, as part of our ongoing effort to support free speech, PLF filed a brief in Wollschlaeger v. … Continue reading

Zeal of climate change activists collides with the First Amendment

Several state attorneys general have announced their intention to begin investigations of ExxonMobil.  They contend that the energy company may have violated state unfair business practice laws during the 1980s and 1990s by trying to mislead the public about the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 1, 2016

Supreme Court member apologizes  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today issued an apology today on behalf of all Justices, living and dead, who ever espoused the notion of a “living constitution.” Saying that she was visited by the ghost of her … Continue reading

Teachers’ constitutional rights: out with a whimper

I wrote about today’s Supreme Court affirmance-by-tie-vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association for Forbes.com.  The bottom line is that today’s decision is a profound disappointment to non-union public employees who were this close to prevailing over the unions’ ability … Continue reading

Florida music therapy bills die by inaction

Future music therapists in Florida–and their clients–can breathe a sigh of relief for one more year. Last Friday, March 11, the 2016 Florida legislative session ended before two bills that would have imposed onerous new regulations on the music therapy … Continue reading

The Slants win First Amendment challenge

The Slants, a rock band out of Portland, was told it could not trademark its band name because it was “disparaging.” The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that the name “The Slants” was derogatory towards Asians, and would not give trademark … Continue reading

Free speech prevails in Fourth Circuit do-over

After nearly four years of litigation, property owners’ First Amendment rights were finally vindicated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Central Radio Company v. City of Norfolk.  The court ruled that the City of Norfolk unconstitutionally … Continue reading

Agency shop fees on the brink

Alexis De Tocqueville was deeply impressed by America’s use of voluntary associations to pursue undertakings both large and small, in every aspect of life.  Public employee unions may soon be included in that category of voluntary associations, as several justices … Continue reading