Central Hudson v. Public Service Commission by Connor Luce | Nick Papadis | April 23, 2016


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Central Hudson v. Public Service Commission by Connor Luce

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The key legal issue in this case is commercial speech.  The case, which was argued on March 17, 1980 and decided on June 20, 1980, was between Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. and the New York Public Service Commission.  In order to promote the conservation of energy, the Public Service Commission aimed to restrict Central Hudson from advertising their services and, by association, the use of electricity.  Commercial speech, which refers to “speech done on behalf of a company or individual for the intent of making a profit” (Wikipedia), is central to the arguments of this case.  The Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of Central Hudson Gas & Electric, arguing that the Public Service Commission’s advertising regulations violated Central Hudson’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

Some Cases related to this case include:

    • Posadas de Puerto Rico Associates v. Tourism Company of Puerto Rico
    • 44 Liquormart Inc. V. Rhode Island


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    1. 1.1 Show/Hide More Case overview of Central Hudson vs. Public Service Commission
      In-depth overview of the case that explains in detail the implications of the court’s ruling in the conclusion of the article
    2. 1.2 Show/Hide More Background on US Energy Crisis
      Gives background information on the energy crisis in US at the time, more reasoning for the Public Service Commission’s restriction
    3. 1.3 Show/Hide More Further Background on the Central Hudson vs Public Service Commission case
      Provides more overview of the case and addresses key questions and explains specifically why the First and Fourteenth Amendments were being violated.  This source also contains links to primary sources within the page.
    1. 2.2 Show/Hide More Full Opinion from the Supreme Court
      Provides opinion, concurrences, and dissent in Central Hudson v. Public Service Commission
    2. 2.3 Show/Hide More Copies of the notes in Central Hudson v. PSC
      Full set of photo-copied notes and opinions of the case
    3. 2.4 Show/Hide More Central Hudson in the style of Dr. Suess
      Central Hudson in the style of Dr. Suess

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