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Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission of NewYork

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Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp.


Public Service Commission of New York

Appellant's Claim

That a regulation by the New York Public Service Commission, banning the use of promotional advertising by the electrical utility Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp., was a restraint of commercial speech under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Chief Lawyer for the Appellant

Telford Taylor

Chief Lawyer for the Appellee

Peter H. Schiff

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

20 June 1980


The Court reversed the judgment of the New York Court of Appeals, and found that the restraint of commercial speech was a violation of the appellant's rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

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