Cases & Deals

Heartbeat International files amicus curiae brief before U.S. Supreme Court in important First Amendment free speech case

Clients Heartbeat International, Inc.

In April 2013, Jones Day filed an amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Heartbeat International, Inc. urging the Court to affirm a Second Circuit ruling that the First Amendment does not permit the government to compel recipients of public funding to communicate a message espousing the government’s viewpoint. The brief addresses the dangers of approving any such affirmative speech requirements, citing among other things the risk that the federal government could impose these requirements on nonprofit organizations as a condition of eligibility for § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., No. 12-10 (U.S.)