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SIU v. Swanson

Topic(s): Internet Free Speech - Miscellaneous
Status: closed
Date Of Involvement: 12/23/2003

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Plaintiff, the Seafarers International Union, and its lawyers sought a temporary injunction preventing Robert Swanson from criticizing either the Union or the Paul McAndrew Law Firm on his website. The District Court for Clinton County, Iowa denied the injunction as to the Union, but granted it on behalf of the law firm. Public Citizen moved for interlocutory review of the injunction, which constitutes an unconstitutional prior restraint granted on behalf of a non-party to the lawsuit. The Iowa Supreme Court declined to grant discretionary review of the injunction.