First Amendment Litigation

The right of free speech is the foundation of all the other freedoms guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution. As US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas said: Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. Accordingly, the firm engages in First Amendment litigation in many forms. It defends employees who see their employment terminated in retaliation for speech or political association. It defends defamation cases, often bringing a special motion to strike under CCP, Sec. 425.16.

The Firm also has litigated that substantially true statements cannot be defamatory; has brought defamation and right to privacy claims; has brought claims under the Freedom of Information Act for access to public records; has sued for right of publicity/name appropriation; has sued for copyright/trademark issues; and has been involved in many internet legal issues under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Communications Decency Act.