Ninth Circuit Probes Worth of IMDb Law in Fight of Hollywood Ageism

Signaling an uphill battle in the fight to revive a blocked California law that requires a popular entertainment industry website take down actors’ ages upon request, a Ninth Circuit panel on Monday struggled to understand how the restriction will deter age discrimination in Hollywood.

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Students Find Success With First Amendment Battles Over College Fees

College students in San Diego County saw two court victories this summer in First Amendment cases challenging how mandatory student fees are allocated by schools. It’s a trend legal experts say will continue as alternative student groups challenge who gets access to funds raised by students, with lack of funding amounting to censorship.

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Pledge of Allegiance

A federal judge dismissed some but not all of parents’ constitutional class-action claims against Victory Preparatory Academy, a Colorado charter school, which allegedly sent home students for failing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, called the police on them for it, and banned their parents from campus, including from sports events and parent-teacher conferences.

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Conservative Students in First Amendment Case Over Use of Student Fees

California State University’s process of allocating mandatory student fees to fund student group activities is unconstitutional and excludes “unpopular viewpoints,” a federal judge has ruled in the group Students for Life’s challenge over being denied funding to bring an anti-abortion lecturer to CSU San Marcos.

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Neighborhood Mosque

A city in Michigan properly negotiated a consent decree to permit the construction of a mosque in a residential neighborhood, the Sixth Circuit ruled. Citizens’ First Amendment rights were not violated when the mayor cut off public comments that were irrelevant to zoning considerations, such as commenters’ preference not to “live near Muslims.”

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Abortion Protester Wins Appeal

An anti-abortion protester is entitled to an injunction allowing him to to stand near the entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The court found that the street connected to the abortion clinic’s parking lot is privately owned, but it “has all the trappings of a public street” and can be considered a public forum.

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Judge Dismisses $250 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Washington Post

A federal judge in Kentucky dismissed a $250 million libel and defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post, finding that the newspaper’s coverage of a January incident between a high school student and an American Indian activist was not defamatory in any way.

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