Bloomberg Law
July 7, 2021, 10:40 PM

Trump Battles Facebook, Twitter Without Aid of Free Speech Pros

Ruiqi Chen
Ruiqi Chen
Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer

Former President Donald Trump’s free speech fight with Twitter, Facebook, and Google rests on a pair of trial lawyers best known for their work in major personal injury cases—not First Amendment disputes.

John P. Coale, a litigator who has taken on the tobacco and gun industries, is leading the team that filed three separate First Amendment lawsuits against the companies Wednesday. He’s joined by John Q. Kelly, a Connecticut litigator who successfully sued O.J. Simpson for wrongful death on behalf of the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson.

Coale and Kelly bring decades of experience in high-profile court cases, but they ...

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