Calif. Appeals Court Strikes Union Picketing Law

Law360, New York (July 19, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Monday declared unconstitutional two state laws that prevent courts from enjoining union picketing on private property, siding with Ralphs Grocery Co. in a dispute with a grocers union.

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal in Sacramento found that both the Moscone Act and a section of the state's Labor Code favor speech related to labor disputes over other kinds of speech, in violation of the First and Fourteenth amendments.

The case was spurred by unauthorized picketing of United...
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