Judge Zloch Opines that Publicly Sharing Food is Not Expressive Conduct

In his September 30, 2016 Order, United States District Judge William J. Zloch, of the Southern District of Florida, granted the defendant City of Fort Lauderdale’s motion for summary judgment and denied the plaintiffs’ similar motion on the basis that “Because the Court finds that Plaintiffs’ conduct is not protected by the First Amendment, the Court will find for Defendant. No disputes as to material facts prevent judgment in the City’s favor.” Id. at 29.

78 – Order Denying Plaintiffs Motion for Summary Judgment

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Foodsharinglaw.net is a project of Marc-Tizoc González, Professor of Law at the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida. Contact the author at mtgonzalez@stu.edu or @marctizoc.

Prof. González has created foodsharinglaw.net to provide in-depth analyses of the judicial opinions that interpret the constitutionality and legality of “the food-sharing cases,” controversies that arise when activists challenge municipal ordinances that criminalize or otherwise regulate people who organize themselves to share food in public with people who are hungry.

Beyond the law, foodsharinglaw.net will aggregate and comment on journalism and social media regarding controversies that arise over sharing food in public.