Commercial speech

Company argues for release of Yelp posters' identity in Virginia appellate court

Latara Appleby | Privacy | News | October 9, 2013
October 9, 2013

A panel of judges in Alexandria, Va., heard an appeal today that will determine whether Yelp will have to reveal identifying information of anonymous commenters.

Hadeed Carpet Cleaning sued anonymous Yelp commenters in July 2012, alleging defamation and conspiracy to defame. Hadeed then subpoenaed Yelp seeking the names of those people, who had anonymously written negative reviews on the cleaning service’s Yelp profile.

Kentucky to delay enforcing law against advice columnist pending First Amendment lawsuit

Amy Zhang | Content Regulation | News | July 24, 2013
July 24, 2013

Enforcement of a Kentucky law forbidding out-of-state psychologists from practicing in the state will be delayed after a Friday meeting between the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and advice columnist John Rosemond.

Federal court finds Bloomberg's publication of copyrighted conference call recording to be fair use

Raymond Baldino | Content Regulation | News | May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012

A federal court last week rejected a copyright infringement lawsuit against Bloomberg L.P. for its unauthorized publication of a conference call between a corporation's senior executives and a group of securities analysts, finding that the business and financial news publisher was protected from liability by the fair use doctrine.

City can't tell religious "pregnancy centers" what to say

Emily Peterson | Prior Restraints | Feature | July 18, 2011
July 18, 2011

A federal judge in New York last week blocked a New York City ordinance that was designed to force religious “pregnancy centers” to make certain disclosures about their services after the judge found that the centers would likely succeed with arguments that the law conflicts with the First Amendment.

Supreme Ct. hears oral arguments in pharmacy data case

Lyndsey Wajert | Privacy | Feature | April 26, 2011
April 26, 2011

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc., a case about whether a Vermont statute restricting the commercial dissemination of pharmacy records places unconstitutional restrictions on commercial speech.