9th Circ. Upholds Legal Aid Funding Restrictions

Law360, New York (November 23, 2009, 7:25 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that legal organizations that receive funding from the Legal Services Corp. can be restricted from lobbying, soliciting clients, participating in class actions and seeking attorneys' fees.

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said Monday that the restrictions are facially constitutional, handing a loss to Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Oregon Law Center and their attorneys.

Steve Walters, a partner with Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP...
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