Ninth Circuit rejects “native inhabitant” vote in Guam

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled that a planned plebiscite by Guam cannot go forward so long as it limits voting to “native inhabitants” of Guam.  The panel characterized this limitation as an “impermissible racial classification” that violates the Fifteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Today’s decision affirms a March, 2017 decision by Federal District Judge Tydingco-Gatewood.

Guam argued that the Fifteenth ...

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July 22, 2019 by CIR in Case Updates

Wanted: Director of Litigation

CIR is seeking an experienced and proactive Director of Litigation to oversee new case development.  This person will develop litigation strategy in service of CIR’s mission, identify specific opportunities for litigation, and engage potential plaintiffs.  The Director of Litigation will report directly to the President and will work closely with the General Counsel. 

For more information and to apply, consult the full position description, available at this link: Talent ...

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July 11, 2019 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Files for Summary Judgment in Free Speech Case

On July 11, CIR filed a motion for partial summary judgment on behalf of New York civil servant Salvatore Davi.  After months of discovery, including depositions of numerous New York officials and review of thousands of documents, the record demonstrates that Davi was engaged in a private, after-hours discussion on Facebook in which he never mentioned his job and which concerned a significant issue of public policy: the appropriate goal ...

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May 16, 2019 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Defends Homeowner Fined for Telling the Truth

On May 16, 2019 CIR filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the US Supreme Court asking it to review a decision of the Iowa Supreme Court holding a landlord liable for housing discrimination for truthfully informing a tenant the reason for her lawful eviction. 

Teresa Seeberger rented rooms in a house she owned.  When Seeberger learned that her tenant’s fifteen-year-old daughter had become pregnant, she told the tenant that ...

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March 22, 2019 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR Defends Free Speech In Class Actions Case

The Center for Individual Rights recently filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear Perryman v. Romero and act to defend the First Amendment rights of class action plaintiffs. In Perryman, class action plaintiffs who were the victims of consumer fraud are challenging a $12.5 million settlement, the bulk of which—under the legal doctrine of cy pres—will be dispersed to California universities to research internet privacy.

CIR has argued ...

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