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Author Archives: James B. Astrachan

The legal issues raised by Trump’s lawsuits against social media (access required)

Donald Trump recently sued Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and their CEOs. He claims they violated his free speech rights when he was “deplatformed,” or banned from use, following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. These defendants, as most know, are ...

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The ATF takes a pot shot at marijuana users (access required)

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission website reads: “Important Message: Medical cannabis is currently not available in the State of Maryland.” The website states it expects availability of medical cannabis by the end of the fall “depending on industry progress.” It ...

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Why the Supreme Court gutted the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause (access required)

  The Supreme Court of the United States Monday affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision holding unconstitutional the Lanham Act’s bar on registering trademarks that disparage or bring into contempt or disrepute “any persons living or dead,” including groups, beliefs, and ...

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James B. Astrachan: What can (and can’t) be said in judicial elections (access required)

There are three judicial elections in Maryland in November. The campaigns took a summer break but activity has ramped up since Labor Day. This electioneering activity is sure to include statements, written and oral, from sitting judges, candidates and their ...

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James B. Astrachan: Don’t (fully) blame the police (access required)

President Barack Obama announced recently that the public needs to build trust in the police. Soon after he said that, the Department of Justice released a lengthy report following its investigation of the Baltimore Police Department, concluding there is reasonable ...

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Jim Astrachan: Redskins trademark loss doesn’t matter much (access required)

For those who are fans of both trademarks and the Washington Redskins, last week’s decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia affirming the cancellation by the United States Patent and Trademark Office of the Redskins ...

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