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Supreme Court Rejects|Case on NY Lawyer Ads

(CN) - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it will not review a 2nd Circuit decision that struck down most of New York's restrictions on attorney advertisements.

James Alexander and his firm, Alexander & Catalano, sued the New York Appellate Division over rules that banned "testimonials from clients relating to pending matters, portrayals of judges or fictitious law firms, attention-getting techniques unrelated to attorney competence, and trade names or nicknames that imply an ability to get results."

Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer rights organization, joined the firm in arguing that the restrictions violate the First Amendment.One Alexander & Catalano ad that would never have made the airwaves under the laws depicts giant lawyers with superhuman speed and space alien defendants.

The Supreme Court did not comment in rejecting the petition of New York officials to review the decision, except to not that Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not participate in the court's decision.

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