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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

June 14, 2019
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Fun Home Victory in NJ Lawsuit!

Monday, June 10, State Superior Court Judge Margaret Goodzeit granted dismissed the lawsuit against Watching Hills New Jersey School District for offering the award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home as a reading choice. Further, the suit dismissal itself reads: “Order denying injunction and dismissing complaint with prejudice for failure to state a claim.” Meaning that the…

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Lawsuit Demands Fun Home Removed

May 15, 2019
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Lawsuit Demands Fun Home Removed

Almost a year after Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was successfully retained in a New Jersey school district, a lawsuit has been brought against school district employees in Watchung Hills alleging if the graphic novel isn’t removed, “minors will suffer irreparable harm and that New Jersey statutes will be violated.” The plaintiffs asked the…

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GA Judge Holds Up Student’s Right to Be Heard

May 8, 2019
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GA Judge Holds Up Student’s Right to Be Heard

The First Amendment rights of students continue to be a topic of litigation fifty years after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (you can read about Tinker and subsequent cases here). April 2019, in K.B. v. DeKalb County School Dist., a federal district court in Georgia allowed a high school student’s lawsuit claiming violation of…

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Victory for EBSCO and Colorado Libraries May Still Chill Speech

March 15, 2019
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Victory for EBSCO and Colorado Libraries May Still Chill Speech

The preposterous lawsuit against the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and EBSCO, a media aggregate database company, purporting the two conspired to traffic pornography to school children, has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can not be brought refiled. While this seems a victory for students’ First Amendment rights, it’s a mixed blessing for the nonprofit…

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Student Stands Up for LGBTQIA Community and Her Own First Amendment Rights

March 14, 2019
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Student Stands Up for LGBTQIA Community and Her Own First Amendment Rights

A Fourth Grader in South Carolina is suing her school district for infringing on her First Amendment rights after they refused to accept her essay on LGBTQIA rights. The assignment was to craft a letter “to society” about something the student wanted to talk about, then the letters would be collected into a book and…

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Mississippi Jail Censors Everything Except the Bible

October 29, 2018
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Mississippi Jail Censors Everything Except the Bible

The Human Rights Defense Center and Mississippi Center for Justice have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the inmates at Forrest County Jail, stating that all books and periodicals other than the Bible and occasionally other Christian publications, have been banned from the facility. Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) is a non profit working for…

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Small Press Expo Establishes Legal Aid Fund for Cartoonists With $20,000 Donation

August 30, 2018
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Small Press Expo Establishes Legal Aid Fund for Cartoonists With $20,000 Donation

  Bethesda, Maryland - August 30, 2018 Media Release - Small Press Expo announced today that it will immediately make available $20,000 and also launch a legal aid fundraising vehicle to support members of the SPX community who are currently facing a defamation lawsuit. The fundraising vehicle, administered by SPX, and created in consultation with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund,…

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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

March 30, 2018
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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

In a case involving the right of publicity, New York’s highest court dismissed Lindsey Lohan’s and Karen Gravano’s lawsuit appeals against Grand Theft Auto V game makers Take Two Interactive. CBLDF filed an amicus brief with other organizations last year urging the court to reject Lohan and Gravano’s arguments on First Amendment grounds, expressing concern…

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Colombian Cartoonist Sued Over Political Pig

March 15, 2018
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Colombian Cartoonist Sued Over Political Pig

Cèsar Gonzàlez, a political cartoonist who goes by “Matador”, and El Tiempo, a newspaper in Colombia, are being sued by Attorney Josè Reyes Villamizar for a cartoon depicting presidential candidate Ivàn Duque as a pig. Villamizar alleges the cartoon infringes on the candidate’s right to a good name and is offensive. ”I do not think…

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Lawsuit Overturns Utah Schools Ban on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’

October 9, 2017
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Lawsuit Overturns Utah Schools Ban on ‘Advocacy of Homosexuality’

Advocacy groups in Utah settled a discrimination lawsuit against the state last week, after both the legislature and the statewide board of education repealed rules that banned “advocacy of homosexuality” in public schools. In practice the rules had basically quashed any discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity at all in many districts, including among…

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