COLTS’ motion to dismiss lawsuit is denied


COLTS’ motion to dismiss federal lawsuit concerning their rejection of ‘Atheists’ bus ads has been denied.

In April of 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) joined by Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP filed a free speech lawsuit representing the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society against County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) following COLTS’ refusal to display ads with the word ‘Atheists’ on its buses.

In July of 2015, COLTS filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. ACLU and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP since responded to the motion to dismiss.

Yesterday, United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion denied COLTS’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Consider viewing the relevant documents below.



Stay tuned for updates.


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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.