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

President’s weekly report — December 31, 2015

School choice supported in Montana PLF sued the Montana Department of Revenue to fight a rule that forbids children who want to attend religious school from getting scholarship assistance. In May 2015, Montana became the 43rd state to adopt a school choice … Continue reading

I’m dreaming of a free speech Christmas

Want more proof that federal government deserves a lump of coal in its stocking this year? This summer, the FEC decided that it needs to “protect” voters by cracking down on Facebook Fan Pages with names like Run Bernie Run … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 18, 2015

Victory for contracting rights This week, in DirectTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme Court overturned, again, a California rule limiting freedom of contract.  You can read the decision here. California courts have had an unfortunate habit of throwing out arbitration clauses in contracts, … Continue reading

Happy Constitution Day!

I like to think every day is Constitution Day at PLF, as every day we celebrate the Constitution’s protections for individual rights and fight for both liberty and its corollary: limited government. But today, September 17, really is Constitution Day—the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — September 11, 2015

Equality under the law: Race-preferences in university admissions Pacific Legal Foundation has been leading the fight for equality under the law since its founding in the early 1970s.  Back in 1978, we argued against racial preferences in the Supreme Court in … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 31, 2015

Free speech in Texas We filed this amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to take up Hines v. Alldredge (Texas Board of Veterinary Examiners).  Texas law forbids vets from offering advice without first physically examining the animal. And even though this … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 24, 2015

A complaint that a four-year old could file? We filed this complaint in Oakland’s mandatory art fee case, Building Industry Association of the Bay Area v. City of Oakland.  The premise is simple — the City wants to be more … Continue reading

The government can’t call speech “conduct,” then require a license for it

If the First Amendment means anything, it means the right to speak freely without asking for permission first. Yet in Nebraska, you have to get a government license before advertising.  PLF client Leslie Young helps people to sell their homes … Continue reading