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Licensing Against Freedom of Speech

Mon, 06/02/2014

Kagan, et al. v. City of New Orleans: The City of New Orleans passed a rule requiring tour guides to be licensed in order to lead city historical and cultural tours. Four tour guides filed suit against the city stating that the licensing limited their freedom of speech by controlling what they say while guiding tourists. The District Court declared a summary judgment in favor of New Orleans after its explanation that it licenses to ensure tour quality, not to strictly dictate tour content.


The Circuit Court upheld and affirmed the decision stating that New Orleans’ licensing law does not infringe upon the tour guides’ freedom of speech. The court stated that they fully understand the motive the city has behind requiring licensing and acknowledges that tour guides still have freedom over their words and actions during their tours.

Read the full decision here