Corporate communication law refers to laws influencing the communication activities of corporations. Corporate communication law is not one area; rather, it comes under various legal categories. The First Amendment protects some corporate communication from government regulation. At other times, corporate communication is treated as part of a commercial transaction that can be regulated to protect consumers and competitors from unfair and misleading business practices. This entry first discusses the First Amendment’s impact on corporate communication and then addresses some of the business laws that affect such speech.

First Amendment Speech

The First Amendment protects two categories of speech, political and commercial. Legal theorists view political speech, which is speech on issues of social and political importance, as vital to self-governance and the democratic process. Commercial speech, on ...

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