Supreme Court hears arguments on corporate freedom of speech

The Jurist

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Sorrell v. IMS Health to determine whether a state law prohibiting prescription drug manufacturers from using data collected from physicians is a violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

The law in question targets pharmaceutical companies and has the effect of limiting the scope of marketing prescription drugs within the state. Counsel for the petitioner, the state of Vermont, argued that the aim of the law was to protect physician privacy, and that pharmaceutical companies have no right to the data in question. The petitioner also argued that the law does not regulate the content of the advertising, but rather the access the companies have to specific data.

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