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Consolidated Edison Co. of New York v. Public Service Commission

United States Supreme Court
447 U.S. 530 (1980)


Facts

Consolidated Edison Co. of New York (Consolidated Edison) (plaintiff) put bill inserts advocating for nuclear power into its customers’ bills. The Public Service Commission of New York (Commission) (defendant) issued an order prohibiting the use of bill inserts to discuss controversial political issues, including the use of nuclear power. The order did not prohibit bill inserts that discussed uncontroversial topics. Consolidated Edison brought suit, alleging a First Amendment violation. The Court of Appeals of New York held that the Commission’s order was constitutional. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

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