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Schaumburg v. Citizens for a Better Environment (docket #: 78-1335) (1980)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 10/30/1979
Decided 02/20/1980
Supreme Court Vote 8-1
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
IssueWhether a city ordinance--which bars door-to-door solicitation by charities that cannot prove that 75% of their proceeds go directly to charitable purposes--violates the 1st and 14th Amendment free speech rights of solicitors.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion White, J. (joined by Burger, C.J., Brennan, J., Stewart, J., Marshall, J., Blackmun, J., Powell, J., and Stevens, J.)
Dissenting Opinion Rehnquist, J.
Lower Court 7th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
For Petitioner
Jack M. Siegel

For Respondent
Milton I. Shadur

Adam Yarmolinsky, the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations (for respondent)
Opinion - Lower Court
Citizens For a Better Environment v. Village of Schaumburg, 590 F.2d 220 (7th Cir.,1978)
"A Solicitation Curb at Homes is Voided," New York Times, February 21, 1980, p. 24
"Door-to-door sales may hinge on court," Chicago Tribune, January 6, 1980, sect. S, p. 1
"Free Speech: a Victory for Charities," Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1980, sect. D, p. 7
"Supreme Court Roundup: Justices to Review a Village Rule Curbing Solicitations," New York Times, April 24, 1979, sect. D, p. 17
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