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Serv. Employees Int'l Union v. Municipality of Mt. Lebanon, 04-4646

A municipal ordinance requiring door-to-door canvassers who plan to "hand pamphlets or other written material" to residents or discuss with them "issues of public or religious interest" to first register with the police department violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments' guarantee that no state shall abridge the freedom of speech.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/13/2005
  • Decided 04/28/2006
  • Published 04/28/2006


  • Before SLOVITER, SMITH and STAPLETON, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Michael J. Healey, Healey & Hornack, Pittsburgh, PA and Witold J. Walczak (Argued), American Civil Liberties Union, Pittsburgh, PA, for Appellants., Paul D. Polidoro, Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, Inc., Legal Department, Patterson, NY, for Amicus Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • James H. Roberts (Argued), Kathryn L. Hunter, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Pittsburgh, PA, for Appellee.
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