Ross Brunet filed a lawsuit against Grand Isle, a town on the barrier reef in the Gulf of Mexico, after they attempted to penalize him for displaying a flag with an inappropriate and vulgar anti-Biden sentiment.
The flag read, “F*** Biden and f*** you for voting for him.”
Brunet and Grande Isle reached a settlement on Friday, in which the town was ordered to rescind its order prohibiting the flag and pay Brunet $40,000 in lawyer’s fees and damages.
The agreement also stated that the trucker had been “wrongfully cited for engaging in constitutionally protected speech of flying flags with political message” by the city.
Brunet initiated a legal action in the federal court system, alleging the city had violated his First Amendment right to free speech and his rights according to the Louisiana Constitution.
“Mr. Brunet’s speech has in fact been chilled,” read the lawsuit.
“He is fearful of and refrains from engaging in his protected political speech in Grand Isle, out of fear of government punishment or further retaliatory action.”
The residents of Roselle Park, New Jersey, raised concerns regarding a woman’s displays that contained expletive-filled messages expressing anti-Biden sentiments.
These signs were deemed “inappropriate” and could be seen by children en route to school.
In order for the settlement to be finalized, approval from a federal judge is required.
“I’m not giving up. I don’t care what it costs me, I’m not giving up. I’m standing my ground,” said Andrea Dick, the owner of the signs.
The town originally filed a lawsuit against Dick, but a New Jersey Superior Court judge threw out the case in July 2021.