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Feb. 3, 2021, 11:15 PM Loses Fight with California Bar, For Now

Joyce E. Cutler
Joyce E. Cutler
Staff Correspondent failed to convince a California court for the moment that a state law regulating the legal referral service unconstitutionally limits its free speech rights.

Judge Ethan Schulman, California Superior Court, on Wednesday adopted his tentative ruling that the law requiring legal referral services to register with the California Bar doesn’t impinge on the First Amendment.

Schulman held in sustaining the bar’s motion to dismiss after a virtual hearing in San Francisco that “there plainly is a substantial government interest in regulating lawyer referral services.”

“The mere requirement that a service be licensed, I don’t see how that is a ...

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