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"A Necessary Cost Of Freedom"? The Incoherence Of Sorrell V. Ims, Tamara R. Piety Feb 2012

"A Necessary Cost Of Freedom"? The Incoherence Of Sorrell V. Ims, Tamara R. Piety

Tamara R. Piety

On June 23, 2011 the Supreme Court announced its decision in a closely watched case, Sorrell v. IMS, striking down Vermont’s law prohibiting pharmacies from selling physicians’ prescription records without their permission for use in marketing brand name drugs. The Court’s majority struck down Vermont’s statute as unconstitutional on the grounds that the law was not “content neutral” because it singled out marketing for disparate treatment. It in effect applied a strict scrutiny test to a category of speech that has technically if not in practice been subject to intermediate scrutiny. This ruling effectively does away with ...


The New First Amendment And Its Implications For Combating Obesity Through Regulation Of Advertising, Tamara R. Piety, Samantha Graff Dec 2011

The New First Amendment And Its Implications For Combating Obesity Through Regulation Of Advertising, Tamara R. Piety, Samantha Graff

Tamara R. Piety

This chapter reviews the recent decisions of the Supreme Court as they bear on attempts to combat childhood obesity through regulating marketing and concludes that attempts to regulate marketing will face substantial First Amendment obstacles in the courts.