May 9, 2011
Federal Judge Favors Free Speech, Rules That Political Spoof Against Koch Industries Did Not Break Law
Statement of Deepak Gupta, Attorney, Public Citizen
A federal judge’s ruling today in Utah dismissing Koch Industries’ lawsuit against a group of anonymous climate-change activists known as Youth for Climate Truth is an important victory for free speech online.
We are gratified that the court affirmed our clients’ First Amendment right to engage in anonymous political speech and rejected Koch’s baseless legal theories.
This lawsuit was a well-financed attempt by Koch to bully its political opponents into submission. The court was right to dismiss this lawsuit, which was based on a harmless prank.
This important precedent will prevent future lawsuits aimed at stifling political speech.
Read more about this case.
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