A 2002 lawsuit on behalf of four activists arrested by Pittsburgh police officers outside a Pirates’ baseball game at PNC Park for distributing pamphlets criticizing major league baseball for selling merchandise made by foreign sweat shops is ongoing. Three years ago the ACLU-PA secured a court order protecting protesters’ rights to engage in political activity on the sidewalks surrounding the stadium. The court denied the City’s summary judgment motion in February 2005. We are awaiting a trial date on the damages claim.


Mike Healey, Cynthia Akers, Douglas McKechnie (Healey & Hornack); Vic Walczak (ACLU-PA)

Date filed

March 12, 2002


Western District - Pennsylvania