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44 Liquormart v. Rhode Island (1996) advanced First Amendment protections
for commercial speech when it struck down a state law banning the
advertising of alcohol prices.
California v. LaRue (1972) said that provisions regulating adult
entertainment presented in establishments licensed to sell liquor did not
violate the First Amendment.
In Larkin v. Grendel’s Den (1982), the Supreme Court said a state law
giving churches the ability to veto liquor license applications violated
the First Amendment.
New York State Liquor Authority v. Bellanca (1981) found that banning nude
dancing in places where alcohol is sold is not a violation of the First
Amendment’s right to free speech.
Rubin v. Coors Brewing Co. (1995) said that a law restricting beer labels
from displaying alcohol content was an infringement of First Amendment
commercial speech rights.