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44 Liquormart v. Rhode Island (doc. #: 94-1140) (1996)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link 44 Liquormart v. Rhode Island  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 11/01/1995
Decided 05/13/1996
Supreme Court Vote 9-0
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
IssueWhether a state may constitutionally prohibit truthful, non-misleading price advertising regarding alcoholic beverages.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Stevens, J., delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts I, II, VII, & VIII
Concurring Opinion Scalia, J., (concurring in part & in judgment), & Thomas, J., (concurring in part & in judgment), O'Connor, J. (concurring in judgment)
Lower Court District Court for the District of Columbia (3-judge court)
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
Evan T. Lawson

For Respondent
Rebecca Tedford Partington, Special Assistant Attorney General

For Amicus
Advertising Federation et al. by Richard E. Wiley, Andrew Krulwich, Howard H. Bell, Daniel E. Troy, John F. Kamp, David S. Versfelt, Slade Metcalf, & Robert L. Sherman

American Civil Liberties Union et al. by Marjorie Heins and Steven R. Shapiro

Association of National Advertisers, Inc., et al. by Burt Neuborne, Gilbert H. Weil, Valerie Schulte, & John F. Kamp

Council of State Governments et al. by Richard Ruda & Lee Fennell

Newspaper Association of America et al, P. Cameron DeVore, John F. Sturm, Rene P. Milam, Ralph P. Huber, Jerry S. Birenz, Andrew A. Merdek, Jonathan E. Thackeray, & George Freeman

Washington Legal Foundation et al. by Daniel J. Popeo, Paul D. Kamenar, & Martin H. Redish

News Stories & Commentary
Alexander Volokh, op-ed, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Bryan Tramont , "Victory for Free Commercial Speech"

David Hudson, "California legislator says kids, outdoor alcohol ads don't mix"

David Hudson, "West Virginia legislators consider banning outdoor tobacco ads"

Robert M. O'Neil, "Beyond 44 Liquormart: What the Supreme Court Didn't Decide"

Tony Mauro, "High court to re-examine commercial speech with gambling-ads case"

Tony Mauro, "Libertarian group challenges N.Y. rules on Internet wine advertising"

AP, "3rd Circuit: State can't bar alcohol ads from college newspapers" (7/30/04)

Brody, Steven G. & Johnson, Bruce E. H., ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL SPEECH: A FIRST AMENDMENT GUIDE (2ND ED., 2006), sect. 6.4
Bruce Johnson, Overview, "Advertising & the First Amendment"

Martin Redish, "Money Talks: Speech, Economic Power, & the Values of Democracy" (2001)
Roscoe B. Starek, III (Commissioner, FTC), "Advertising Alcohol and the First Amendment"

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