Now Trending Nationally: States Limiting First Amendment Rights to Film Police Despite Explicit Right from the Supreme Court.

By Annelise Yackow, Vol. 21 Staff Writer The summer of 2020 was a pivotal time for the United States, particularly for the future of the criminal justice system, but also for First Amendment rights. Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, national protests broke out calling for improved police accountability … Continue reading Now Trending Nationally: States Limiting First Amendment Rights to Film Police Despite Explicit Right from the Supreme Court.

The FTC Sticks Their Foot in the First Amendment

In May 2022, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against a California footwear company, Gravity Defyer Medical Technology Corporation, and its owner, Alexander Elnekaveh, for false and deceptive advertising. Gravity Defyer markets and sells “pain defying” footwear made with “hybrid VeroShock technology” that claims to relieve knee, back, ankle or foot pain associated with certain medical conditions. In response to the lawsuit, Gravity Defyer invoked their First Amendment right to free speech and criticized the government agency for having a history of overreaching.

What Happens in California, Doesn’t Stay in California: First Amendment Implications of Interstate Abortion Advertising Post-Dobbs

Source: Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office (courtesy of CBS News) By: Blythe Riggan, Vol. 21 Staff Writer This summer, the Supreme Court left us with more questions than answers. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the Court held that the Constitution does not confer a federal right to an abortion. However, in stripping abortion of its … Continue reading What Happens in California, Doesn’t Stay in California: First Amendment Implications of Interstate Abortion Advertising Post-Dobbs

Our Asshole System: Contempt of Cop Charges and the First Amendment

By Brianne Megahan, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Contempt of Cop Charges Theoretically, those in the U.S. are protected in expressing opposition to law enforcement officers. In reality, those who express this kind of disrespect to law enforcement officers are often arrested on “contempt of cop” charges. When an officer does not like what a subject … Continue reading Our Asshole System: Contempt of Cop Charges and the First Amendment

The First Amendment Restricts the Government, not Whole Foods

Image labeled for non-commercial use, Erin Clark. By: Kendall Williams, Staff Writer Vol. 20 **Update** On June 28, 2022, the First Circuit ruled 3-0 that the Whole Foods employees’ rights were not violated under Title IIV by Whole Foods or its parent company Amazon. The First Circuit found that the case was properly dismissed by … Continue reading The First Amendment Restricts the Government, not Whole Foods

When One Door Opens, What Happens To Others? First Amendment Implications of Name, Image, and Likeness.

By Carly Amatuzzo, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Introduction In the world of collegiate athletics, the past two years have been a series of legislative and administrative battles culminating in a judicial one. In June 2020, the Supreme Court held that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) rules limiting education-related compensation for student-athletes violated federal antitrust … Continue reading When One Door Opens, What Happens To Others? First Amendment Implications of Name, Image, and Likeness.

Truth? Social: Trump’s new platform takes advantage of the law he once criticized

By Rachel Allore, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Social media outlets provide an unprecedented scope to the modern-day internet; anything from innocuous life updates to scathing anonymous comments can reach thousands of people every second. This space brings novel First Amendment issues directly to our screens, and social media sites rely on an obscure and specific … Continue reading Truth? Social: Trump’s new platform takes advantage of the law he once criticized

Your Name Here™: Who Has the Right to Trademark a Name?

By Gabriela Monasterio, Staff Writer Vol. 20 The Federal Circuit announced on February 24, 2022 that the Lanham Act’s ban on trademarking names is unconstitutional as content-based discrimination. This reversed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision, which denied an application for the phrase “Trump Too Small” because it contained the name of a … Continue reading Your Name Here™: Who Has the Right to Trademark a Name?