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Inc. Florida Bar v. Went For It - The Facts Of The Case, Commercial Speech And The First Amendment, The Majority Decision, The Dissent

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Petitioner

Florida State Bar

Respondent

Went For It, Inc., a lawyer referral service

Petitioner's Claim

A regulation of the Florida bar prohibiting direct-mail advertising targeting victims of accidents is an unconstitutional suppression of speech.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Bruce S. Rogow

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Barry Scott Richard

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 June 1995

Decision

Within certain limits, states may regulate advertising by lawyers.

Significance

Decision could signal a reversal of the trend during the 1980s and 1990s toward extension of First Amendment protection to commercial speech.

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