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N.Y. Advertising Rules Challenged

Looks like New York's controversial advertising rules that took effect earlier this year are going to trial, as reported in this article, NY Firm Takes Suit Challenging Lawyer Advertising Rules to Trial.  Northern District Federal Judge Scullin denied the state's motion to dismiss the plaintiffs lawyers' challenge to the constitutionality of the rules.  Plaintiffs include Public Citizen and the law firm of Alexander & Catalano, which argue that the rules place onerous restrictions on commercial and noncommercial speech and, in doing so, regulate the content of the ads rather than their accuracy.  The ads also prohibit use of monikers such as "heavy hitter" that tend to imply that a particular result will be achieved.  Several firms, including Alexander & Catalano, had used these and similar mottos, but have stopped for fear of violating the new rules.

The trial is scheduled to begin June 18. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 16, 2007 at 07:46 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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