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Adams v. ARDC, 801 F.2d 968

Case Conclusion Date: 09.18.1986

Practice Area: Bankruptcy & Debt

Outcome: Judgment for Plaintiffs-Appellees Affirmed

Description: Plaintiffs-Appellees are attorneys practicing in the State of Illinois. They all rely on targeted direct mail advertising to reach potential clients. Defendants-Appellants, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (the "ARDC" or the "Commission") and its administrator, Carl R. Rolewick, promulgated a disciplinary rule which forbade targeted direct mailing. Plaintiffs sued under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 contending that the rule violated their first and fourteenth amendment rights. They sought a declaration that the rule was unconstitutional and an injunction prohibiting its enforcement. The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. Defendants question the need for this extraordinary remedy and appeal.

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