Gerry Weber
Law Offices
Significant Cases Litigated
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Disability Rights
Freedom of Expression
Primate Freedom Project, Inc. v. California Regents, No. 1:08-CV-01166-ODE (N.D. Ga. 2008) (challenge to California Regents attempts to censor contents of website)

Hood v. Purdue, No. 1:07-CV-02470-TCB (N.D. Ga. 2007) (challenge to Georgia funeral protest law)

Prison Legal News v. Fulton Cty., NO.1:07-CV-02618-CAP (N.D. Ga. 2007) (challenge to bar on receipt of magazines in jail)

Marks v. City of Jonesboro, 1:06-CV-01904-CC (N.D. Ga. 2006) (settlement amending ordinances banning fortune tellers)

Fort v. Unterman, 1:06-CV-00319 (N.D. Ga. 2006) (settlement of rules that placed gag on citizens filing ethics complaints to Senate Ethics Committee)

Smith v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2008 WL 760196 (N.D. Ga. March 20, 2008) (anti Wal-Mart items do not violate Wal-Mart's trademark rights and are protected speech)

Grier v. Dekalb Cty., 1:06-CV-02479-GET (N.D. Ga. 2006) (damages lawsuit for citation for "lewd" bumper sticker)

Childs v. Dekalb Cty., No. 1:05-CV-02463-JTC (N.D. Ga. 2005) (challenge to arrest of protesters who refused to turn over documents regarding undercover surveillance of protest)

Berryhill v. Georgia Community Support Serv., 281 Ga. 439 (2006) (scope of Georgia's anti-SLAPP privilege) (amicus)

Maher v. Avondale Estates, 1:00-CV-1874-JEC (N.D. Ga. 2007) (constitutional challenge to sign ordinance)

Johnson v. Boggs, No. 3:05-CV-036-JTC (N.D. Ga. 2005) (challenge to Order of Arrest issued for allegedly defamatory website)

Bender v. City of Atlanta, No. 1:040-CV-2754-JOF (N.D. Ga. 2004) (settlement rewriting public arts ordinance that restricted private property owners expression)

Segar v. Cox Communications, No. 1:04-CV-016960-TWT (N.D. Ga. 2004) (challenge to disclosure of identity of anonymous protester)

Lawson v. City of Rome, 4:04-CV-0131-RLV (N.D. Ga. 2004) (settlement of challenge to ordinance restricting free speech in public parks) (lead counsel)

Anderson v. Board of Regents, 1:04-CV-3135-JEC (N.D. Ga. 2004) (damages lawsuit for whistle-blower who raised concerns about environmental conditions at university)

National Council of Womens Orgs. v. Augusta-Richmond County, 365 F.3d 1247 (11th Cir. 2004) (striking down permit ordinance that impaired protest at Masters Golf Tournament)

School of Americas Watch v. City of Columbus, 387 F.3d 1303 (11th Cir. 2003) (rejecting mass search of participants at non-violent demonstration)

Mathis v. Cannon, 278 Ga. 16 (2002) (allegedly defamatory speech published on the Internet entitled to same constitutional protection as other media) (amicus)

Atlanta Humane Society v. Harkins, 264 Ga. App. 356 (2003), remanded, 278 Ga. 451 (2004), reaffirmed, 273 Ga. App.489 (2005) (defending SLAPP suit against whistle blower who exposed problems with mismanagement and animal cruelty investigations)

Denton v. Brown's Mill Develop., 247 Ga. App. 233 (2000), aff'd in part/reversed in part, 275 Ga. 2 (2003) (scope of Georgia law deterring Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)

George v. Archer, No. 2001CV36883 (Fulton Superior Court 2001) (settlement broadening free speech rights of demonstrators in Centennial Olympic Park)

Sharif v. City of Atlanta, No. 99-CV-2375 (N.D. Ga. 1999) (enjoining and repealing requirement that street musicians acquire a permit and restrict the locations of their performances)

Schmidt v. Fort Valley State Univ., No. 99-CV-1659-WBH (N.D. Ga. 1999) (settlement for $191,000 in case of retaliatory dismissal of adviser to student newspaper for articles critical of administration)

State v. Acuff, No. 99c94966 (Dekalb Superior Court 1999) (dismissing charges against 22 persons charged with disrupting a public meeting by kneeling and singing)

Citizens for Safe Govt. v. Cox Enterprises, No. 97-28385 (Forsyth Superior Court 1997) (dismissing defamation action against State Representative who wrote Attorney General about "patriot" group)

Davis v. Shavers, 269 Ga. 75 (1998) (refusing to apply absolute defamation privilege to recall applications) (amicus)

Samples v. City of Atlanta, No. E-52860 (Fulton Superior Court 1996) (asserting right of Atlanta City Council members to investigate 911 Communications facility)

ACLU v. Miller, 977 F.Supp. 1228 (N.D. Ga. 1996) (enjoining state law restricting anonymous identifiers and links on the Internet)

Williams v. Board of Commissioners of McIntosh County, No. CV295-90 (S.D. Ga. 1996) (refusing to impose sanctions on attorney who allegedly made comments to media in violation of publicity rule)

Moreland v. State, No. 97CR-573-8 (Clayton Superior Court 1996) (dismissing charges against youth charged with advocating overthrow of government for passing out leaflets)

Fagan v. Holbrook, No. 95-25-937 (Forsyth Superior Court 1995) (refusing to enjoin allegedly libelous protest sign)

Ethredge v. Hail, 795 F.Supp. 1152 (M.D. Ga. 1992), vacated and remanded, 996 F.2d 1173 (11th Cir. 1993); Ethredge v. Hallin, 56 F.3d 1324 (11th Cir. 1995) (upholding regulation barring "disparaging or embarrassing" bumper stickers about President on military base)

Lee v. City of Rome, 866 F.Supp. 545 (N.D. Ga. 1994) (requiring return of 300 comic books seized as being "pornorographic" [sic] without judicial review)

Gifford v. Vass, No. 2:93-CV-1033-WCO (N.D. Ga. 1993) (jury verdict rejecting damages in brutality case for disabled man injured when stopped for "lewd" bumper sticker)

Pelphrey v. Scott, No. 1:92-CV-1730-RLV (N.D. Ga. 1992) (affirming Congressional candidate's right to campaign at unemployment office)

Speedway v. Gardner, 206 Ga. App. 439 (1992) (dismissing SLAPP suit filed against opponents of sanitary landfill who spoke in opposition to facility at public meetings)

Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement, 505 U.S. 123 (1992) (striking county march permit fee) (amicus)

GWAR v. City of Athens (1992) (pre-filing settlement of lawsuit for closing of rock concert)

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