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Wiley Rein Attorneys Argue First Amendment Case for the Wireless Industry

October 20, 2011

On October 20, 2011, Wiley Rein LLP argued an important First Amendment case for CTIA-The Wireless Association® ("CTIA"). Andrew McBride, Josh Turner, Megan Brown, and Brendan Carr represent the wireless industry in its First Amendment and federal preemption challenge to San Francisco's first-in-the-nation cell phone warning law. On behalf of CTIA, Wiley Rein sought a preliminary injunction to prevent imminent enforcement of a San Francisco ordinance that would force cell phone retailers to use their stores to post and disseminate the city's views about the safety and use of cell phones.

Andrew McBride argued the motion before U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup. At the hearing in San Francisco, the City agreed to a temporary stay of enforcement of the ordinance while the Court considers CTIA's request for a preliminary injunction. A ruling is expected within two weeks.