Public Citizen and Harrell Firm Take on Florida's Lawyer Advertising Rules

A federal suit challenging a number of Florida's lawyer advertising rules has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. For more information and a copy of the complaint, see: http://www.sunethics.com/news_item_14.htm.

The lawsuit, by the Harrell and Harrell firm and Public Citizen, seems aimed at introducing consistency to the definition of "false and misleading", which currently varies from state-to-state, and regulator-to-regulator.

This crazy quilt of commercial regulations places an unconstitutional burden on free speech and interstate commerce. The network of conflicting commercial regulations, mandatory state-by-state filings and fees, inhibit the flow of information essential to consumers in making prudent, informed choices of legal counsel.

For news coverage, see:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/lawyer_sues_fla_bar_over_bad_ad/

http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com/legal_blog_watch/2008/01/florida-suit-ch.html