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Megan McArdle: What’s FOIA for? Not to chill free speech

Two University of Virginia students have filed a Freedom of Information Act request for professor Douglas Laycock's emails and other correspondence. The intent does not seem to be to actually gain information, but rather to punish the law professor for supporting legal causes that they view as inimical to gay rights.

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Texas high court considers online defamatory speech

AUSTIN, Texas — They say nothing on the Internet ever really goes away, but the Texas Supreme Court is considering whether defamatory postings might be worth the effort to try. Justices on the state’s highest civil court on Thursday weighed ...

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Court: Clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook is free speech

RICHMOND, Va. — Clicking “Like” on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reversed ...

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Appeals court rehears Md. pregnancy center cases

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court struggled for nearly three hours Thursday with whether two Maryland localities violated the free-speech rights of anti-abortion pregnancy counseling centers by requiring them to post certain disclaimers. In June, a three-judge panel of ...

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Clicking ‘Like’ is free speech, Facebook, ACLU tell 4th Circuit

NORFOLK, Va. — Attorneys for Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union want the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that clicking “Like” on the social networking site is constitutionally-protected free speech. The case revolves around six employees ...

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Federal appeals court hears pregnancy counseling center free-speech claims

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court heard arguments Friday on whether it’s unconstitutional for two Maryland communities to require anti-abortion pregnancy counseling centers to post signs stating that they do not provide medical services. Lawyers for the city of ...

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