Union, California Attorney General File Briefs in Friedrichs

The California Teacher’s Association and the California Attorney General have filed briefs before the Supreme Court in response to CIR’s arguments on behalf of Rebecca Friedrichs and other public school teachers.

The Union’s brief argues that public employees, like Rebecca Friedrichs and other school teachers, can be compelled to support political activity they disagree with because their status as government employee overrides their status as citizen. The Union reasons it may compel ...

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November 17, 2015 by CIR2 in Case Updates, Friedrichs

24 Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Forced Union Dues

Twenty-four amicus briefs have been filed at the Supreme Court in support of compelled union dues. The parties who have signed on to the briefs include the Obama administration, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and twenty-two union organizations.

A theme repeated throughout many of the briefs is that political money and government efficiency trump the free speech concerns of Rebecca Friedrichs and other public employees. The brief filed by ...

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September 23, 2015 by CIR2 in Case Updates, Friedrichs

Twenty-Five Amicus Briefs Urge Supreme Court to Side With Friedrichs

Twenty-five parties have filed amicus briefs at the Supreme Court in support of CIR’s case in Friedrichs v. CTA. The amicus briefs represent a broad and bipartisan coalition of individuals and organizations who agree that compulsory union dues are harmful to teachers, parents, and children.

The amici include former California Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, who with other concerned parents, argues that compulsory union dues are contributing to the plight of ...

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November 04, 2015 by CIR2 in Case Updates, Uncategorized

CIR Files Brief in Defense of Small Business Owner

Like many government agencies, the Small Business Administration utilizes a system of racial preferences in the awarding of government contracts (called the “Section 8(a)” program). Unfortunately, when Congress created the Section 8(a) program, it failed to provide guidance to agencies on the basic question of what sort of small business owners qualify for a preference and why.  While many wealthy small business owners continue to qualify for preferences year after ...

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November 03, 2015 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR Defends Police Union Against Government Electioneering

It seems commonsense to say that the government should not spend public funds to support one particular candidate or cause in a public election, yet that is exactly what the government of Montgomery County, Maryland has done. In an ongoing case against the county, CIR has filed an amicus brief to convince the courts that government electioneering is always bad for democracy.

Like most jurisdictions across the country, Montgomery County allows ...

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November 02, 2015 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Motion For Summary Judgment Filed in Voting Rights Case

CIR plaintiff Arnold Davis is back in the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam to continue his challenge to Guam’s race-exclusive plebiscite. In 2013, this same District Court dismissed Davis’ lawsuit by saying he had no standing to sue the government of Guam. However, with CIR’s help, Davis appealed his case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit reinstated Davis’ case and instructed the District Court ...

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September 17, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

Victory: Eleventh Circuit Upholds Blogger’s Fair Use of Photo

The Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor blogger Irina Chevaldina’s use of an online photo of Raanan Katz, part owner of the Miami Heat and noted real estate developer.  The decision sets an important precedent not only in favor of blogger use of “headshot” photos but also against efforts to silence blogger criticism through a manipulative use of the copyright laws.  The legal wrinkle in the case: Katz had purchased the ...

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