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As amended June 14, 2001

Appeal from the United States District Court for the for the Eastern District of Louisiana

On April 16, 1999, the Plaintiffs*fn2 filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. � 1983 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging that Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX impermissibly suppresses Plaintiffs’ freedoms of speech and association as protected under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The complaint seeks injunctive and declaratory relief, costs and attorneys’ fees. Defendant, the Louisiana Supreme Court (LSC),*fn3 filed two motions, asking the district court to dismiss the action under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim, and, in the alternative, to dismiss for lack of standing. Oral argument was held on July 21, 1999, and on July 27, 1999, the district court granted the LSC’s motions. This appeal by Plaintiffs followed. We affirm.

 
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