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Supreme Court Offs Ban on Foul Language Trademarks

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a longstanding U.S. ban on trademarks on “immoral” or “scandalous” words and symbols, ruling in a case involving a clothing brand with an indelicate name that the law violates constitutional free speech rights. …

Google Case Tests Global Reach of EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Google is going to Europe’s top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend “right to be forgotten” rules to its search engines globally. The technology giant was set for a showdown at the European Union …

Airbnb’s New York Fight Moves From Legislature to Courtroom

Airbnb Inc. is fighting to stay alive in the biggest rental market in the U.S. Hours after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will fine residents who rent out their apartments for illegal short-term stays, …

Steve Wynn’s Assault on Nevada Free-Speech Raises Yelp’s Ire

Steve Wynn’s push for a stronger hand when suing people who badmouth him is being viewed by some, including Yelp Inc., as stacking the deck against free speech. The social media site called on its subscribers to stop the billionaire …

Georgia Tour Guides Move Forward with Free Speech Suit Against Savannah

Months after a federal lawsuit prompted Savannah to revise a local law regulating guided tours, Dan Leger remains determined to press ahead with the case in court. “Until they quit licensing my free speech, I won’t be satisfied,” said Leger, …

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 …

Florida Adjusters Win Free Speech Case Against 48-Hour Solicitation Rule

A 2008 Florida law establishing a 48-hour moratorium on public adjusters has been ruled unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court on grounds that it restricts commercial speech. The decision was a blow to the insurance industry and Chief Financial Officer …

Alabama Sports Trademark Infringement Claim Set for Court

A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in the trademark infringement case between sports artist Daniel Moore and the University of Alabama, whose football program is portrayed in a number of his works. They present their cases to …

Montana Municipal Insurer Pays $500K to Settle Free Speech Claim

The city of Great Falls, Montana, has reached a $500,000 settlement with a Vaughn woman who filed a lawsuit after being escorted out of a 2007 City Commission meeting for exceeding a three-minute comment limit. District Judge Katherine Irigoin of …

Judge Weighs Damages Against Indiana School Over MySpace Photos

An Indiana school district violated the First Amendment rights of two teenage girls who were punished for posting sexually suggestive photos on MySpace during their summer vacation, a federal judge ruled. The case involving Churubusco High School and Smith-Green Community …