First Amendment News

NRA Sues New York, Alleging First Amendment Violations in Insurance Crackdown

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit against New York’s insurance regulator and Governor Andrew Cuomo, alleging a regulatory overreach by New York officials that has resulted in violations of the NRA’s First Amendment rights. The NRA’s lawsuit …

Wall Street Brokers Claim Fiduciary Rule Is Violation of Their Free Speech Rights

A group of lawyers representing insurance and securities brokerages have made a curious argument for why a federal court should kill a rule aimed at protecting retirement savers: It restricts Wall Street’s First Amendment rights. In front of a packed …

Presidential Hopeful Trump Vows to Make It Easier to Sue Media

Donald Trump said Friday he will weaken First Amendment protections for reporters as president, making it easier for him to sue them. The celebrity businessman turned Republican presidential front-runner said he wants to “open up” libel laws at a rally …

Judge Keeps Alabama Newspaper from Publishing Utility’s Safety Plan

A state court judge sided with Alabama Gas Corp. and blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about the utility’s plan for gas line safety, which the Alabama Public Service Commission released through an open records request. Jefferson County Circuit …

Judge Weighs Alabama City’s Case Over Police Officer’s Facebook Posts

A Dothan, Alabama judge is considering whether city officials acted appropriately in upholding disciplinary action against a police officer for Facebook posts she made. Circuit Judge Butch Binford heard arguments in the case of Dothan Police Cpl. Raemonica Carney. Police …

Court Says Facebook ‘Like’ Is Protected Speech for Employees

Using Facebook Inc.’s “Like” feature to show support for a candidate in an election is speech protected under the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said, handing a victory to the social networking company which argued such protection is vital …

Cheerleader Wins Defamation Lawsuit Against Gossip Website

A gossip website operator who lost a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader plans to appeal, and some First Amendment lawyers warn the verdict could adversely affect other websites. A federal court jury in Covington, Ky., awarded …

Court Grants Scientific Article Authors, Publishers Broad Protection

Authors and publishers of controversial scientific articles, and the companies sponsoring those articles, won broad free speech protection from a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said statements of scientific conclusions …

S&P Wins Transfer of Ratings Lawsuits by States to Federal Court in New York

Standard & Poor’s and its parent company McGraw Hill Financial Inc. on Thursday won a ruling that moves 15 lawsuits in which they were accused of fraudulently inflating credit ratings to a single federal court. The U.S. Judicial Panel on …

Montana Court: Hutterites Must Pay Workers’ Compensation

A divided Montana Supreme Court says forcing a Hutterite religious colony to pay workers’ compensation insurance for jobs outside the commune is not an unconstitutional intrusion into religion. Monday’s 4-3 decision upholds a 2009 law requiring religious organizations to carry …