New Lawyer Advertising Restrictions Violate Free Speech, US District Court Says

A ruling by the US District Court, Northern District of New York declared key new provisions of New York's new rules on attorney advertising unconstitutional.  The suit was brought by consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen.  According to Public Citizen's press release: 

"In a victory for First Amendment rights, the court permanently enjoined enforcement of most of the challenged rules against attorney advertising, including rules against attention-getting techniques, the use of nicknames and mottos, the use of client testimonials, the portrayal of judges and the use of Internet pop-up ads."

A copy of the Court's ruling is available on Public Citizen's website here, and noted on their blog here.  Public Citizen also has complete information on the case at its Consumer Law & Policy Blog, co-sponsored by Public Citizen's Consumer Justice Project, at  http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/advertising/index.html.


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