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Firm Represent Union's Fundamental Right of Free Speech

In late January 2008, a labor union's inflatable rat marched its way to the New Jersey Supreme Court. On behalf of Wayne DeAngelo, a senior official with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 269, Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman filed appeal papers in the New Jersey Supreme Court after Mr. DeAngelo was cited in Lawrence Township for violating a sign ordinance when IBEW 269's inflatable rat balloon was displayed during a labor protest. At the core of the case is the argument that the sign ordinance violated Mr. DeAngelo's constitutionally protected fundamental right of free speech.

Mr. DeAngelo's counsel, Andrew Watson, a senior associate with the firm said: "Unions have a long history and tradition of peacefully and effectively expressing themselves and we want to ensure that their communication is not stifled merely because they chose to use the rat balloon to convey their message of solidarity, unity and loyalty." Mr. Watson and PR&A partner Ira C. Miller represent IBEW Local 269 and other unions as part of the labor law department at PR&A"

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