February 26, 2008
Florida Legal Ads Restrictions Painted as Silly or Arbitrary by WSJ
Posted by Alan Childress
According to the Wall St. Journal’s Objection! Funny Legal Ads Draw Censure, Florida leads the nation in restrictions on the use of animals in lawyer advertising.
The article is limited only to animals and TV ads; had they mentioned advertising rules more generally, and especially the evolving rules relating to law firm web pages, they’d have had to mention New York state’s increasingly restrictive policies, quite possibly worse than Florida’s.
In the WSJ article, Florida's bar counsel says it's about protecting the public, while an affected lawyer suing the bar on First Amendment grounds "sees it differently. 'The advertising rules are bizarre,' he says. 'The established legal bar pines for the Eisenhower era.' "
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