Updates on Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs v. City of Fort Lauderdale

On January 18, 2017, the plaintiffs in Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs v. City of Fort Lauderdale, No. 16-16808, filed their Appellants’ Initial Brief .

On January 25, 2017, two amicus curiae (friends of the court) filed motions for leave to  file briefs in support of plaintiffs-appellants and urging reversal of the district court’s judgment in favor of the defendant:

On August 24, 2017, oral arguments were held in Atlanta, Georgia.

On August 22, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit published its opinion, which reversed the district court’s final judgment in favor of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment, explained why Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs’ weekly demonstrations at Stranahan Park constituted “expressive conduct” protected by the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and remanded the case to the district court so that the plaintiffs could advance toward trial.

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