A favorable ruling on commodity marketing boards was issued last month by the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento.
In the ruling, Justice Raymond Cadei concluded, "... the Court finds that the CMAB advertising and promotional program constitutes the government speech. The Court accordingly finds the CMAB program is therefore not subject to the provisions of the free speech clause of the state Constitution."
CMAB spokesperson Nancy Fletcher noted that the court considered the U.S. Supreme Court's May 2005 ruling in Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Association. In that case, the Supreme Court also determined that the program constituted government speech and therefore did not violate the First Amendment.
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2006|
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