Lawyer advertising restriction clears Legislature

Published: June 8, 2021

By: Adrian Dubose | LSU Manship School News Service

Legislation to regulate advertisements by lawyers seeking clients with problems with drugs or medical devices won final legislative passage Tuesday.

Senate Bill 43 by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Shreveport, passed the Louisiana House 70-30 Monday. The Senate concurred 34-1 Tuesday with a House amendment and moved the bill to the governor’s desk.

The bill prohibits lawyers from using terms like “medical alert” or “health alert” in ads soliciting clients who might have had problems with prescription drugs or medical devices.

It also prevents the lawyers from using the logos of government agencies in ways that imply that they have government approval for their lawsuits.

During the House debate, some lawmakers raised questions about the bill’s purpose and whether it was violated the First Amendment.

Read more at The Advocate

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