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WRF Successfully Defends RNC in False Advertising Case

September 2002

WRF's Election Law Practice successfully defended the Republican National Committee against claims that its 1995 newspaper ad challenging anyone to disprove that Republicans "are actually increasing Medicare spending by more than half" was false.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on August 20, 2002, that "the statement is
not ambiguous…and as a matter of law, the statement is not false."

The ad featured former RNC Chairman Haley Barbour promising to pay $1 million to anyone who could disprove his claim. Although numerous people challenged Barbour's statement in court, this court decision was regarding claims made by Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Charles Resor.

The Republican National Committee and Mr. Barbour were represented by Jan Baran (202.719.7330 or jbaran@wileyrein.com), head of WRF's Election Law group, and partner Tom Kirby (202.719.7062 or tkirby@wileyrein.com).