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Health Coach Loses Free-Speech Case Over Florida Licensing Law

Feb. 22, 2022, 7:44 PM

A Florida woman who operates a health coaching business lost her First Amendment challenge to a state licensing law because it regulates professional conduct and has only a limited impact on speech, the Eleventh Circuit said.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said it’s bound by Locke v. Shore, where another panel held that a regulation of professional conduct that has only an incidental effect on speech doesn’t violate the First Amendment.

The court rejected Heather Del Castillo’s argument that the U.S. Supreme Court abrogated Locke in National Institute of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra ...