Ohio Cities File Lawsuit Challenging State Law Stripping Local Tobacco Regulations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Filing a lawsuit on Wednesday, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is leading a legal challenge against a recently passed state law that aims to strip away the authority of cities in Ohio to regulate the sale of tobacco products at the local level. This lawsuit is supported by 13 other Ohio cities, including Bexley, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. The ban, which is scheduled to take effect on April 23, was approved after lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of the legislation earlier this year. Under the newly enacted law, Ohio cities would no longer … Read more

Federal Judge Approves Lawsuit by Gaetz and Greene Against California Cities Over Political Event Cancellations

Anaheim, California – A federal judge has ruled that Republican representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia can proceed with their lawsuit against two California cities that canceled their political events. The decision by U.S. District Judge Hernán Vera allows the lawmakers to move forward with their suit, which alleges that the cities discriminated against them based on their political views. However, Judge Vera stated that Gaetz and Greene’s attempt to blame civil rights organizations was misguided. In 2021, three California venues that were scheduled to host “Put America First” rallies … Read more

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit by GOP Firebrands Gaetz and Greene Against California Cities to Proceed

ANAHEIM and RIVERSIDE, California – Republican Representatives Matt Gaetz from Florida and Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia have been granted permission to proceed with their lawsuit against two cities in California. Judge Hernan Vera, a Biden appointee, ruled that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the GOP lawmakers have a valid claim against Anaheim and Riverside officials for canceling their planned rallies in 2021. The judge did, however, criticize Gaetz and Greene for their allegations of collusion between liberal nonprofits and the cities to violate their free speech rights. The lawsuit, which was filed … Read more

Federal Judge Grants Gaetz and Greene Permission to Proceed with Lawsuit Against California Cities, Rejects Blame on Liberal Groups

Riverside and Anaheim, two cities in California, are facing a lawsuit from the ultraconservative Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) over the cancellation of their political rallies. However, a federal judge allowed the suit to proceed against the cities but dismissed the legal action against liberal organizations that the lawmakers blamed for the cancellations. The judge criticized Gaetz and Greene for suing the groups, calling their allegations a “conspiracy theory” based on speculation. The lawsuit filed by Gaetz and Greene targeted both cities as well as organizations like the League of Women … Read more