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Unformatted text preview: Kasky v. Nike Inc. MARC KASKY, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. NIKE, INC., Defendants and Respondents. In April 1998, California anti-sweatshop activist Marc Kasky (P) took Nike (D) to court for allegedly making false statements about its labor practices in Third-World factories, slapping the company with an unfair competition and false advertising lawsuit under California law. Nike claims the suit would unconstitutionally silence its speech on an important public issue. Trial court supported Nike's claim that its CSR statements were protected speech and dismissed Kasky's complaint, Kasky appeal against this decision was rejected. Kasky appealed against the lower court's decision to the California Supreme Court. They found 4-3 in favor of Kasky that Nike violated sections of the Business and Professions Code. Marc Kasky, a California activist, alleged that statements made by Nike, Inc. in its PR campaign were false and misleading, and made for the purpose of maintaining or increasing its sales and profits, in...
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