Freedom of Speech: Commercial
Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council (1976)
A pharmacy had the First Amendment right to advertise prices.
Linmark v. Willingboro (1977)
A town prohibition on “For Sale” and “Sold” signs was unconstitutional. The ban was unreasonable restriction on the flow of commercial information.
United States v. United Foods (2001)
A law forcing cooperatives of mushroom growers to pay advertising fees was “contrary to First Amendment principles” as a form of compelled speech.
Thompson v. Western States Medical Center (2002)
The court voted to overturn the Food and Drug Administrations Modernization Act of 1997 (FDAMA), claiming it was a restriction on freedom of commercial speech because it put restrictions on “compounded drugs.”