COLTS’ motion to dismiss lawsuit is denied

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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.



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