TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 14, 2016

A federal judge has tossed a Chicago lawyer’s class action lawsuit against online attorney directory Avvo, Cook County Record reports. The court found that Avvo’s lawyer listings are protected by the First Amendment and do not break an Illinois law that forbids the use of personal information, without consent, for profit. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman sided with Seattle-based Avvo Inc. and dismissed the legal action saying Avvo’s listings should not be considered “commercial speech,” like an advertisement for a specific product, brand or retailer. Rather, he said, the listings should be considered more akin to publications in which advertisements can be placed like newspapers, magazines or professional directories, like the Yellow Pages.