Association of RI Authors v. Savage - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Association of RI Authors v. Savage (2019)

Category: Active Case    Free Speech    

About this Case:
This is a federal lawsuit challenging the RI Division of Taxation’s position that a sales tax exemption for Rhode Island authors applies only to works of fiction, and not to non-fiction - because non-fiction is not “creative and original.” The lawsuit argues that making such a distinction on the content of the work violates the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Current Status:
Lawsuit filed in May 2019.

Cooperating Attorney:
Lynette Labinger

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