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Consolidated Edison Co. v. Public Service Commission (docket #: 79-134) (1980)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 03/17/1980
Decided 6/20/1980
Supreme Court Vote 7-2
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
IssueWhether an order of appellee New York Public Service Commission that prohibits the inclusion by appellant and other public utility companies in monthly bills of inserts discussing controversial issues of public policy directly infringes the freedom of speech protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments and thus is invalid.
Majority Opinion Powell, J.
Concurring Opinion Marshall, J., & Stevens, J.
Dissenting Opinion Blackmun, J. (joined in parts I and II by Rehnquist, J.)
Lower Court New York Court of Appeals
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment Claim denied
For Petitioner
Joseph D. Block

For Respondent
Peter H. Schiff

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

Cameron F. MacRae for the Edison Electric Institute (for respondent)

Daniel J. Popeo for the Washington Legal Foundation (for petitioner)

Edward H. Dowd, Myrna P. Field, and John Cannon for the Mid-Atlantic Legal Foundation et al. (for petitioner)

Edwin P. Rome and William H. Roberts for Mobil Corp. (for petitioner)

Malcolm H. Furbrush, Joseph I. Kelly, Robert L. Harris, Gordon Pearce, Guenter S. Cohn, Timothy W. Tower, John Bury, and Leslie Christian Hauck for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. et al. (for petitioner)

Stanley T. Kaleczyc for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America (for petitioner)

Walter L. Stratton, American Association of Advertising Agencies, Inc. (for petitioner)

William W. Becker for the New England Legal Foundation (for respondent)

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