United States v. United Foods, Inc.
- Case Date: 6/25/2001
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
In a 6-3 decision the Court held that a federal program requiring mushroom farmers to subsidize generic advertising violates the dissenting farmers' free speech rights under the First Amendment. In perhaps the most significant passage of the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy dismissed the argument that compelled commercial speech is somehow less deserving of constitutional protection than other forms of compelled speech.
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