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Consolidated Edison Co. v. Public Service Commission

Consolidated Edison Co. v. Public Service Commission
Argued March 17, 1980
Decided June 20, 1980
Full case name Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Incorporated v. Public Service Commission of New York
Citations 447 U.S. 530 (more)
100 S. Ct. 2326; 65 L. Ed. 2d 319; 1980 U.S. LEXIS 6; 6 Media L. Rep. 1518; 34 P.U.R.4th 208
Prior history 402 N.Y.S.2d 551 (N.Y. Sup.Ct. 1978); reversed, 407 N.Y.S.2d 735 (N.Y. Sup.Ct.App.Div. 1978); affirmed, 390 N.E.2d 749 (N.Y. 1979)
Subsequent history On remand, reversed and remanded, 413 N.E.2d 365 (N.Y. 1980)
Holding
The First Amendment, as applied through the Fourteenth, protects the right of utility companies to include inserts on matters of controversial public policy with billing statements.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Powell, joined by Burger, Brennan, Stewart, White, Marshall
Concurrence Marshall
Concurrence Stevens
Dissent Blackmun, joined by Rehnquist (parts I, II)
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. I; N.Y. Pub. Serv. Law §§ 4, 5, 65, 66

Consolidated Edison Co. v. Public Service Commission, 447 U.S. 530 (1980), was a United States Supreme Court decision addressing the free speech rights of public utility corporations under the First Amendment, as applied through the Fourteenth. The Court's ruling invalidated an order by the New York Public Service Commission that prohibited utility companies from including inserts on controversial matters of public policy with billing statements.

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  • Text of Consolidated Edison Co. v. Public Service Commission, 447 U.S. 530 (1980) is available from:  Findlaw  Justia 
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