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Free Speech Victory: Florida Bar Prohibition on Past Results Struck Down, UMLR Insights

January 2015

In Rubenstein v. Florida Bar, Judge Beth Bloom of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled last month that the Florida Bar’s ban on attorneys’ use of past results for advertising is unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Judge Bloom concluded the Florida Bar failed to meet its burden of showing that the ban supported the interests–protecting the public from misleading information and preserving the reputation of the legal profession–that the Florida advertising rules were designed to promote.

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