Seattle’s “democracy vouchers” violate the First Amendment

Today, PLF filed a complaint to uphold Seattle property owners’ right to free speech. In 2015, Seattle passed Initiative 122 and became the first city to adopt “democracy vouchers.” These so-called vouchers compel property owners to contribute to partisan political speech … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 24, 2017

Supreme Court goes squishy on property rights Free speech includes freedom to insult Free speech means letting high school kids be high school kids Howling at the wolf listing Doing time even if you didn’t know you committed the crime  Washington … Continue reading

Supreme Court victory for The Slants

We’ve been writing about Simon Tam‘s efforts to trademark his Portland, Oregon-based rock band, The Slants, for over a year now. As you’ll recall, Mr. Tam, an Asian-American, formed his band in 2006 and recruited other Asian-Americans to join in order to provide an … Continue reading

Despite reversal, Vero Beach High School still in violation of the First Amendment

Yesterday, Indian River County School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell reversed Vero Beach High School’s decision to disqualify PLF client, J.P. Krause, from the race for senior class president. “After careful review of all the circumstances surrounding the Vero Beach … Continue reading

The First Amendment protects speech that contradicts unions’ policy preferences

This week PLF filed its opening brief in the Ninth Circuit in Associated Builders and Contractors-California Cooperation Committee v. Becerra, which challenges a California law that threatens to cut funding to speech contrary to unions’ policy preferences. The lawsuit targets … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 3, 2017

PLF asks Supreme Court to protect free speech San Francisco loses again in case over extortionate demands on property owners Sixth Circuit holds that victims of federal takings do not enjoy the right to a jury California Supreme Court hears … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — February 25, 2017

Commonsense  result in New York In Oddo v. Queens Village Committee for Mental Health for Jamaica Community Adolescent Program, New York’s highest appellate court ruled here that a half-way house for drug addicts is not liable when a former resident, who … Continue reading

California can’t stifle open-shop speech just because it doesn’t like the content

Today we filed our notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Associated Builders & Contractors of California Cooperation Committee (ABC-CCC).  ABC-CCC is an organization that advocates on behalf of the “open-shop” industry—that is, on behalf of entities … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — February 18, 2017

Absent Gopher Frog headed to Supreme Court The Fifth Circuit in an 8 to 6 decision declined to rehear the case of the frog that isn’t there, Markle Investments v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service. The problem in this … Continue reading

Major First Amendment victory in Docs v. Glocks case

Yesterday, the 11th Circuit issued its en banc opinions in Wollschlaeger v. Gov. of the State of Florida, AKA the “Docs v. Glocks” case. As previously discussed here, here, and here, the case concerns whether Florida can prohibit doctors from asking … Continue reading