ACLU Says 1st Amendment Bars $30M Landfill Libel Suit

Law360, New York (June 2, 2016, 4:33 PM EDT) -- The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked an Alabama federal judge to toss a $30 million libel and slander lawsuit against residents who complained about pollution from a nearby landfill on the internet, saying the First Amendment protects their statements.

The Arrowhead Landfill is located in Uniontown, Alabama, a town described as the ACLU as over 90 percent Black and very poor, with a median annual household income of less than $14,000 and with more than 47 percent of the population living below the poverty...
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