Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman

In January 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, a First Amendment challenge to a New York law that keeps consumers in the dark about the cost of credit cards. The firm represents the plaintiffs–five New York merchants and their principals. The case is one of four constitutional challenges to similar state laws (in Florida, Texas, and California).
In March, the Court decided in favor of the plaintiffs, holding that New York’s law is a regulation of merchant’s speech, not conduct.
Merits Briefs:
Petitioners’ brief
Brief of United States
Respondent Schneiderman’s Brief
Reply Brief
Amicus Briefs:
Consumer Action and National Association for Consumer Advocates
United States Public Interest Research Group
Major U.S. Merchants
Retail Litigation Center, et al.
First Amendment Scholars
Adam Levitin (scholar of consumer finance law)
Scholars of Behavioral Economics
Alan Frankel (payment-systems economist)
Cato Institute
Institute for Justice
James Madison Institute
On May 12, 2016, we filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in Expressions, seeking review of the Second Circuit’s decision upholding New York’s credit-card surcharge law. Consumer groupsretailers, the Cato Institute, and scholars of the First Amendment and behavioral economics filed amicus briefs in support of the petition. The Court granted certiorari in October 2016.
Coverage at: NY TimesAPBloomberg;  ForbesUSA TodayWall Street JournalFiveThirtyEightBloomberg View