Elephant Gets Nose Under Tent

The Tennessee General Assembly in its infinite wisdom passed an anti-lawyer advertising bill (see below link) that was to be effective on July 1, 2019, and heavily restricts legal advertisements related to medical devices and pharmaceuticals (drugs in Tennessee). Although several legislators and lawyer groups questioned the constitutionality of said statute the pro-business legislative body approved the bill.

The bill was heavily promoted by a coalition that included the Tennessee Medical Association, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, Partnership to Protect Patient Health, Tennessee Pharmacist Association, Healthy Tennessee, Tennessee Disability Association, Tennessee Psychiatric Association and Americans for Prosperity.

Ultimately the Tennessee Supreme Court will probably decide the constitutionality of said stature. Historically the Supreme Court has been reluctant to declare a statute enacted by the General Assembly invalid except for the most egregious constitutional violation.

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/111/Bill/SB0352.pdf