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Riley v. National Federation of the Blind (docket #: 87-328) (1988)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 03/23/1988
Decided 6/29/1988
Supreme Court Vote 5-2-2
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim affirmed.
 
IssueWhether then "reasonable fee" provision of North Carolina’s Charitable Solicitations Act, particularly its professional fundraisers’ disclosure provision, violates the First Amendment.
Majority Opinion Brennan, J. (joined by White, J., Marshall, J., Blackmun, J., & Kennedy, J., in Parts I, II, and III, & Stevens, J., joined in all but n. 11, joined by Scalia, J.)
Concurring Opinion Scalia, J. (concurring in part and concurring in the judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Stevens, J. (concurring in part and dissenting in part), & Rehnquist, C.J. (joined by O'Connor, J.)
Lower Court 4th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
Oral Arguments audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Lacy H. Thornburg

For Respondent
Errol Copilevitz

Briefs
For Amicus
Attorney General of Indiana, Deputy Attorneys General, and Attorney General of West Virginia (for Petitioner)

Attorney General of Maine, & Stephen L. Wessler, Assistant Attorney General, Joseph J. Lieberman, Attorney General of Connecticut, & David E. Ormstedt, Assistant Attorney General (for Petitioner)

Barry A. Fisher & David Grosz, California Council of the Blind (for Respondents)

Eric J. Magnuson, Alabama Sheriffs' Association et al. (for Respondents)

Thomas R. Asher & Adam Yarmolinsky, Independent Sector et al.

Commentary
Robert Corn-Revere, "G. Media Groups, Blind Federation Challenge Video Description Rules"
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