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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Comm. (docket #: 79-565) (1980)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Comm.  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 03/17/1980
Decided 05/20/1980
Supreme Court Vote 8-1
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
IssueWhether a regulation of the New York Public Service Commission that completely bans an electric utility from advertising to promote the use of electricity violates the First Amendment.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Powell, J.
Concurring Opinion Brennan, J. (concurring in judgment), & Stevens, J. (concurring in judgment), & Blackmun, J. (concurring in judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Rehnquist, J.
Lower Court New York Court of Appeals
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
For Petitioner
Telford Taylor (for Appellant)

For Respondent
Peter H. Schiff (for Appellee)

For Amicus
Burt Neuborne for Long Island Lighting Co. (supporting Petitioner)

Cameron F. MacRae & Robert L. Baum for the Edison Electrical Institute (supporting Petitioner)

Edward H. Dowd & Myrna P. Field for the Mid-Atlantic legal Foundation et al. (supporting Petitioner)

Edwin P. Rome & William H. Roberts for Mobile Corp. (supporting Petitioner)

Brody, Steven G. & Johnson, Bruce E.H., ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL SPEECH: A FIRST AMENDMENT GUIDE (2nd ed., 2006) §3:12
Farber, Daniel, THE FIRST AMENDMENT (2nd. Ed., 2003), pp. 157-163
Hemmer, Jr., Joseph J., "Central Hudson Gas & Electric v. Public Service Commission," in FREE SPEECH ON TRIAL (2003), Richard A. Parker, ed., pp. 234-249

Johnson, Bruce, Overview, "Advertising & First Amendment"

Saunders, Kevin, SAVING OUR CHILDREN FROM THE FIRST AMENDMENT (2003), pp. 217-220

Smolla, Rodney, SMOLLA & NIMMER ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH (1994), sect. 12.01[3]
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2nd ed., 1988), pp. 900-901
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