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  Neb. court throws out jury award in hog-farm case
  Defamation case brings first appellate review of state law meant to eliminate lawsuits aimed at stopping people from taking part in government proceedings.     09.18.08
 
  Pa. judge keeps Bob Barr on state's presidential ballot
  Local GOP official had challenged Libertarian nominee's inclusion, arguing that party tricked voters by gathering signatures under another candidate's name.     09.16.08
 
  Third-party candidates take ballot-access fights to court
  By Melanie Bengtson Bob Barr, Ralph Nader are among presidential hopefuls seeking to get names on state ballots.     08.25.08
 
  Groups challenge petition limits near Fla. polling places
  'Petition-gatherers have the right under the First Amendment to solicit signatures from voters who are leaving polling places,' says ACLU attorney.     08.14.08
 
  2nd Circuit allows anonymous lawsuit over alleged sexual assault
  Court: Judges must balance interest of plaintiff seeking to remain anonymous against public interest in disclosure, potential prejudice to defendants.     08.13.08
 
  Miami-Dade law barring petition-drive lies is struck down
  Ordinance 'prohibits much more than submitting false objective information — it criminalizes subjective political statements,' federal judge rules.     08.04.08
 
  Calif. appeals court sides with writer in fight with newspaper
  Ruling in anti-SLAPP case clears way for lower court to dismiss libel claim brought by Santa Barbara News-Press against Susan Paterno.     06.18.08
 
  Okla. bans timed contributions from lobbyists
  Measure will prohibit checks being handed out to lawmakers during or immediately after legislative sessions.     05.26.08
 
  Bush administration's agency rules limit consumer lawsuits
  To shield companies, 'federal pre-emption' product-litigation restrictions have been ordered or proposed on drug labeling, other cases.     05.16.08
 
  Vitamin maker who SLAPPed critic must pay
  Federal magistrate's order follows March ruling that found company violated California law when it sued Barry Minkow for fair criticism.     05.09.08
 
  High court won't delay enforcement of lobbying law
  Manufacturers group, which is challenging statute's disclosure requirements, had filed emergency request asking chief justice to stay lower court ruling upholding law.     04.22.08
 
  Federal judge rebuffs challenge to lobbying law
  Manufacturers group had argued that provision of federal statute that requires trade associations to release names of certain members violates First Amendment.     04.15.08
 
  Maine high court: Anti-SLAPP law precludes defamation suit
  Case stemmed from letter that then-legislator sent to newspaper in 2006 in response to critic's letter taking him to task for his stance on legislation.     03.25.08
 
  Reporter asks appeals court to block contempt order, fines
  Lawyers for former USA Today writer Toni Locy tell D.C. Circuit that judge is making demands that are 'vastly overbroad.'     03.11.08
 
  Mo. House passes bill to rein in signature-gatherers
  Measure, which would increase requirements for petition circulators, could cause clash between the people's constitutional rights and legislature's constitutional powers.     03.03.08
 
  Neb. governor vetoes bill to restrict petition circulators
  Measure would have required signature-gatherers to be state residents and at least 18 years old and barred circulators from being paid on per-signature basis.     02.14.08
 
  3 plead not guilty to violating Okla. election law
  Political activists were charged with conspiracy to defraud the state by using petition circulators who weren't state residents.     02.02.08
 
  Group challenges Mich. ban on nonresident signature-gatherers
  Organization that seeks to recall state representative says law requiring petition circulators to reside in targeted official's district violates First Amendment.     01.27.08
 
  Justices deny Kucinich bid to get on Texas primary ballot
  Supreme Court refuses to step into dispute between presidential candidate, state Democratic Party over loyalty oath candidates must sign to make the ballot.     01.22.08
 
  Maine lawyer sues to ease restrictions on petition-gatherers
  Lawsuit claims limits imposed by several shopping malls, stores and cities violate free speech.     12.02.07
 
  Ohio high court backs decision to keep 2 measures off ballot
  Justices find secretary of state was within her authority to reject petitions concerning new strip-club law, lead-paint lawsuits.     11.03.07
 
  Senate sends ethics, lobbying bill to White House
  President Bush has 'serious concerns' about measure, hasn't decided whether to sign it, says spokeswoman.     08.03.07
 
  Lawmakers agree on changes to lobbying bill
  Democratic leaders hope to pass measure in House, Senate this week, allowing them to fulfill 2006 campaign promise before August recess.     07.30.07
 
  Calif. judge: City can't sue sponsor of pot-related initiative
  Court dismisses Santa Barbara City Council's claim, saying it violates state, federal free-speech laws.     07.11.07
 
  Term-limits supporters challenge petition-drive decision
  Group's attorney says law, which was upheld by Oklahoma high court and bars out-of-state residents from circulating petitions, violates the First Amendment.     06.23.07
 
  You can petition, but government not required to reply
  By Julie P. Samuels D.C. Circuit bases ruling on Supreme Court precedents, but notes debate over what Founders intended in establishing right to petition.     06.06.07
 
  Hawaii high court: Honolulu official erred on ballot issue
  City prosecutor used public funds to urge voters to back proposed state constitutional amendment.     03.13.07
 
  Justices rule against Republicans in Colo. redistricting case
  High court finds four GOP voters weren't entitled to sue in effort to overturn plan favorable to Democrats.     03.05.07
 
  Judge orders Fla. TV station not to broadcast story
  WKMG had planned to air reports about what it found in 80 boxes of documents that belonged to political consultant.     02.05.07
 
  Senate passes ethics, lobbying bill
  Lawmakers, on 55-43 vote, also approve amendment to strip provision requiring reporting of 'grass-roots' lobbying.     01.19.07
 
 

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