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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

N.Y. Advertising Rules Challenged by Syracuse Law Firm

Inside Opinions: Legal Blogs (4/16/2007) reports
that New York's recent changes to lawyer advertising
rules have been challenged by the Syracuse law firm
of Alexander & Catalano. Citing an article in New York
Lawyer (registration required), the blog reports that
Northern District Federal Judge Frederick J. Scullin
"denied the state's motion to dismiss plaintiffs lawyers'
challenge to the constitutionality of the rules."

The plaintiffs, which also include the non-profit organiza-
tion, Public Citizen, argue (according to the New York Lawyer
article) "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."

A copy of the complaint may be found (in PDF format)
on the Public Citizen web site.

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