Oct 5, 2010 4:54 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A pair of plaintiffs attorneys are asking a
federal appeals court to rule that some of the Louisiana Supreme
Court's new restrictions on lawyer advertising are unconstitutional
and can't be enforced.
A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
heard arguments Tuesday on the appeal filed by attorneys Morris
Bart of New Orleans and William Gee III of Lafayette.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled last year that the
state can freely regulate ads that employ client testimonials,
portray a judge or jury, "promise results" for clients or use
mottos that imply a lawyer's ability to "obtain results."
The state's attorney disciplinary board says the new rules are
designed to protect the public from deceptive ads, but Bart and Gee
say they set overbroad limits on commercial speech.