4th Cir.: Blogger can challenge NC agency’s claim that he needs license to discuss diets

Cooksey v. Futrell, No. 12-2084 (4th Cir. June 27, 2013)

Steve Cooksey (“Cooksey” or “Appellant”) appeals the district court’s dismissal of his complaint filed against . . . members of the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition . . . Cooksey alleges the State Board violated his First Amendment rights by causing him to self-censor certain speech on his website wherein he offered both free and fee-based
dietary advice to website visitors. The district court held that Cooksey did not have standing to bring these claims,reasoning that he did not suffer an actual or imminent injuryin-fact.