Scott Flaherty Quoted in Articles on Police Misconduct Law

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October 6, 2010

Attorney Scott M. Flaherty was quoted this week in both Minnesota Lawyer and Winona Daily News on his victory before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which recently declared that a police-misconduct reporting law was unconstitutional. The article explains that the law, which criminalized false reports about police misconduct (Minn. Stat. § 609.505, subd. 2), violates the First Amendment because it discriminates based on the speaker’s viewpoint. Flaherty, who briefed and argued the appeal, said the law is unconstitutional because it sets up different standards for pro-police and anti-police speech.

Flaherty is an associate in the Intellectual Property Section and practices principally in the areas of intellectual property and antitrust law. Focusing on patent infringement, contract disputes, business torts and antitrust violations, Scott’s experience also includes representing corporations in patent and complex commercial disputes and advising on matters relating to 35 U.S.C. § 292 patent false marking actions.