Nine amicus briefs Urge Supreme Court to Review Friedrichs

Nine parties filed amicus or “friend of the court” briefs urging the Supreme Court to grant CIR’s petition to review Friedrichs v. CTA and overturn Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Educ., a 1977 case in which the Court allowed states to require all public employees to pay union dues.  The amicus briefs represent a cross section of individuals and groups, including a bipartisan group of former California public officials, a group of ...

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March 05, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

Court Hears Obamacare Subsidies Challenge

On March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in King v. Burwell, a challenge to the constitutionality of the IRS’s aggressive re-writing of key terms in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as “Obamacare.”  After ninety minutes of argument, it was clear that four justices would vote to uphold the IRS re-write.  The question was whether the government could pick up a fifth vote.  Most of ...

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January 26, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates, Friedrichs

Supreme Court Petition Filed in Union Dues Case

Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues, is one step closer to the Supreme Court.  On January 26, Michael Carvin, lead counsel in the case, filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court.  The petition asks the Court to take the case and rule that the compulsory union dues laws now in effect in twenty-six states unconstitutionally force individuals to subsidize union positions with which ...

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November 03, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

This Fall’s Big Political Spending by Unions — Paid with Dues

This fall’s campaign provided further evidence of the ongoing harm to the free speech rights of CIR client Rebecca Friedrichs, her fellow plaintiffs, and thousands of other public employees.  The unions spent big on behalf of Democratic party candidates and causes — nothing unusual about that. What is news is the extent to which the defendant unions in Friedrichs v. CTA went to hide the aggressively partisan nature of their expenditures.

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October 09, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Goes After Obama “Operation Choke Point”

CIR filed an amicus curiae brief in Community Financial Services Association of America v. FDIC, a suit brought by a group of payday lenders challenging “Operation Choke Point,” a broad investigation of banks and payment processors that do business with businesses deemed “undesirable” by Obama regulators, such as gun dealers, pawn shops, check cashers, charities, and payday lenders.

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