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  Feds dropping charges against pro-Israel lobbyists
  Critics had accused government of trying to criminalize back-channel discussions between officials, lobbyists and reporters that are commonplace in nation's capital.     05.01.09
 
  Groups ask White House to rescind stimulus-lobbying ban
  Critics of policy say it violates lobbyists' free speech and still allows others seeking money from economic package to access administration officials.     04.02.09
 
  Limits on lobbying spark free-speech concerns
  New rules bar lobbyists from having conversations or meetings with federal officials about specific stimulus-package projects.     03.27.09
 
  High court refuses to hear Ariz. appeal in ballot-rules case
  9th Circuit had sided with Ralph Nader, overturning state law that banned out-of-state petition circulators, set June deadline for signature submissions for independent candidates.     03.09.09
 
  Pa. woman, mayor spar over right to petition
  Wilkes-Barre resident's fight to save firehouse raises First Amendment question: When citizens petition their government, can government push back?     01.12.09
 
  10th Circuit strikes down Okla. initiative law
  Panel reverses lower court, says circulation of petitions is 'core political speech,' which deserves highest level of First Amendment protection.     12.19.08
 
  High court won't hear serial litigator's appeal
  Paralyzed man, who sued hundreds of businesses over accommodations for disabled, had challenged order that requires him to get special permission to file new lawsuits.     11.19.08
 
  S.D. measure targeting government-funded lobbying fails
  Opponents, who had labeled initiative a gag law, said it would have restricted free speech, wasted taxpayer money and weakened voice of communities in state decisions.     11.06.08
 
  Ariz. ballot measure would limit ballot measures
  For an initiative to pass, a majority of all registered voters would have to approve it — not just a majority of those actually voting.     10.13.08
 
  Wash. candidate gets OK to use 'GOP' on ballot
  King County Superior Court judge rejects attempt by Democrats to force gubernatorial candidate to be identified as 'Republican' instead of party nickname.     09.29.08
 
  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
 
 

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