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Corporate Personhood and the Rights of Corporate Speech


Adam Winkler


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

April 1, 2009

Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 30, p. 863, 2007
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 09-11

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This article argues that, contrary to the claims of some anti-corporate critics, corporate free speech rights have not been a product of corporate personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment. The free speech rights of business corporations are not equal to that of natural individuals but in fact are more limited. Moreover, this article contends that there are at least 4 different, distinct free speech rights held by business corporations and each is subject to its own set of constitutional rules and limits. The Supreme Court, however, often confuses the various rights and they different strands of reasoning among the cases are inconsistent and incoherent.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Fourteenth Amendment, business corporations, judicial interpretations of free speech

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Date posted: April 2, 2009  

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Winkler, Adam, Corporate Personhood and the Rights of Corporate Speech (April 1, 2009). Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 30, p. 863, 2007; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 09-11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1371706

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