Kirkland & Ellis partner Paul Clement filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Washington, D.C., public transportation system challenging its refusal to allow the Archdiocese of Washington to purchase and run a Christmas advertisement.

The lawsuit was filed against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, regionally known as Metro, and its general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint alleges that by denying the archdiocese’s request to purchase advertising space on public buses, Metro is violating its First Amendment rights.

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