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Requiring list of all practice members in ads unconstitutional

A state rule that compelled dental practices to list every dentist associated with or employed by the practice in every advertisement is an unconstitutional burden on commercial speech, the Court of Appeals of Indiana held January 20 (Indiana Professional Licensing Agency v. Atcha, 2016 WL 233211).

The case concerned a dentist, Irfan Atcha, who extensively advertised his dental implant practice in ways that disparaged dentures as poisonous. The court agreed with a trial court that the required-listing regulation violated the First Amendment. However, while remanding the case, the court upheld other state regulations barring false or misleading . . .

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