Saturday, November 2, 2013

Using Graphics in Electronic Filings with Courts

An advantage of filing complaints and briefs with courts is the ability to include graphics that help
you make your case. Here is an example. The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have delivered a cease and desist order to Dan McCall, an entrepreneur who places  the names and official seals of the governmental bodies (or altered versions of their seals) on such items as T shirts and mugs. He also includes humorous and satirical words and images. One would think these governmental bodies would have better ways to spend the taxpayer’s money.

 With the representation of Public Citizen, McCall has filed a complaint for declaratory relief. Through the magic of electronic filing, the complaint includes photos of his wares. The photos demonstrate that no one would confuse his merchandise with official paraphernalia of the U.S. government.

 You can view the complaint here.


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