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Braun V. Soldier Of Fortune: Tort Law Enters The Braun's Age As Constitutional Safeguards For Commercial Speech Buckle 'Neath The Crunch Of Third-Party Liability, Timothy J. Tatro Nov 1993

Braun V. Soldier Of Fortune: Tort Law Enters The Braun's Age As Constitutional Safeguards For Commercial Speech Buckle 'Neath The Crunch Of Third-Party Liability, Timothy J. Tatro

San Diego Law Review

Advertising is more than just a substantial source of revenue for publications. This author contends that advertising embodies the liberties of free speech and free press secured to all of us so fundamentally by the First Amendment. This Casenote analyzes Braun v. Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Inc., in which the Eleventh Circuit held a magazine liable for negligently publishing a gun-for-hire advertisement that allegedly resulted in the death of the plaintiff's father. The author is critical of this decision, noting the detrimental, long-reaching effects of sustaining a negligence action that penetrates so deeply into First Amendment freedoms.