The First Amendment Foundation is active in open government litigation throughout the state, either by joining important open government cases or filing briefs as a friend of the court.



U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Fane Lozman in

Lozman v. City of Riviera, Beach FL

~ Lozman wins overwhelmingly (8-1) with the First Amendment Foundation’s support ~


For the first time in our 30+ years, Florida First Amendment Foundation was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

On June 18, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Lozman v. The city of Rivera Beach, ruling in favor of Mr. Lozman in an 8-1 majority opinion, with Justice Kennedy writing for the Court. [italicize case name]

You can read the entire Supreme Court opinion here.

“This is a fascinating case of great importance for citizens who too frequently find themselves at cross-purposes with government officials elected to represent the public interest,” says the First Amendment Foundation’s President, Barbara Petersen. “It took Mr. Lozman ten years, but in pursuing his case against the city of Riviera Beach, he has done us all a huge service –  depending on certain circumstances, a government agency can be held liable for an agency’s retaliatory policy seeking to punish the citizen’s exercise of First Amendment rights.”

“The First Amendment Foundation is proud to have stood with Mr. Lozman in his epic fight to protect First Amendment rights.”

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