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Parodist Sues for First Amendment Rights

A Minnesota activist who uses images and names of government agencies on satirical merchandise is entitled to do so under the First Amendment, Public Citizen and Kramon & Graham argued in a lawsuit filed on October 29, 2013 against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of the merchant. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, targets cease-and-desist letters sent to the merchant’s producer by the NSA and DHS. Ezra Gollogly of Kramon & Graham is local counsel for plaintiff, who is also represented by Paul Alan Levy and Scott Nelson of Public Citizen. The case has been reported in the National Law Journal and The Daily Record.