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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Law Firm's Website is "Commercial Speech"

A dental company sued a law firm claiming that certain statements on the law firm's website constituted false advertising, trademark infringement, cyberpiracy, and defamation, among other allegations.  The law firm filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that its statements were protected by the state anti-SLAPP law.  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, however, and denied the law firm's motion, finding that the anti-SLAPP law did not apply because the statements on the law firm's website were "commercial speech".

You can read more about the case on the ABA Journal's website.

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