Trans Union LLC v. Federal Trade Commission
- Case Date: 3/25/2002
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On March 25, 2002, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the court to grant review in this case in order to overturn a lower court decision that threatens free speech rights. On June 10, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the lower court decision in this case. The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case was a setback for WLF. One silver lining: both Justice Kennedy and Justice O'Connor dissented from the decision not to hear the case and expressed disagreement with the lower court decision. The lower court held that speech is entitled to reduced First Amendment protection if it does not relate to a matter of "public concern." While the court did not define "matters of public concern," it is clear that the majority of every-day speech falls into that category and now could be subject to government regulation or prohibition.
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