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Flying Dog to Establish Freedom of Speech Organization with Raging Bitch Lawsuit Damages

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Lawsuit First Amendment 1st

Last year the Frederick, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery, America's 37th-largest craft brewery, resolved a six-year legal battle with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission over its "Raging Bitch" Belgian IPA. The beer was banned in the state for its name and label artwork by the renowned Ralph Steadman, which features a dog in heat. Flying Dog sued for a violation of freedom of expression and won. Now they're using the money from the lawsuit to establish the 1st Amendment Society, an organization designed to protect free speech.

“The First Amendment affects (and makes possible) all aspects of our lives, yet is consistently being threatened by the same democratic body that established it,” Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso said. “It’s imperative that we continue this fight beyond the courtroom.”

To that end, a launch event will be held May 31 in the National Press Club's First Amendment Lounge in D.C., with Flying Dog's senior director of communications, Erin Weston, serving as executive director for the 1st Amendment Society.

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tjs1040's picture
While I might not agree with your choice of label for your product, I do support and defend your right to speak freely.
Engine25's picture
Love the Bitch! One hell of a Belgian Style IPA! I'm thinking Michigan has much bigger problems than worrying about the name of this fantastic beer! Good for Flying Dog!

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tjs1040's picture
While I might not agree with your choice of label for your product, I do support and defend your right to speak freely.
Engine25's picture
Love the Bitch! One hell of a Belgian Style IPA! I'm thinking Michigan has much bigger problems than worrying about the name of this fantastic beer! Good for Flying Dog!

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