On July 29, Judge Feldman heard oral arguments from plaintiffs and defendants on the constitutionality of Louisiana’s new lawyer advertising regulations.

The new regulations are scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2009, and last week’s hearing allowed all parties to present arguments on their respective motions for summary judgment. The judge took the matter under advisement, and will render a decision “without delay.”

Scott Smiley Jr. and Smiley Law Group are plaintiffs in the federal litigation. Their suit alleges that the new regulations unconstitutionally restrict attorney speech and advertising on the Internet.

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