Yohn v. CTA: CIR’s New Suit to End Compelled Union Dues

On February 6, The Center for Individual Rights filed a lawsuit against the state of California and the California Teachers Association on behalf of eight California public school teachers and the Association of American Educators. The teachers are challenging California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing them to pay annual fees to the union – even if they are not a member.

California is one of twenty-three ...

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May 02, 2017 by CIR2 in Case Updates

California Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Artist Timothy Desmond

The Center for Individual Rights reached a settlement with the Attorney General of California this week that guarantees the Attorney General will not use California Code section 8195 to stifle legitimate First Amendment speech. The state of California previously attempted to use section 8195 to ban artist Timothy Desmond from displaying one of his paintings at the 2015 Big Fresno Fair because it depicted a Civil War battle scene, complete ...

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April 28, 2017 by CIR2 in Case Updates, Uncategorized

Massachusetts Attorney General Defends Unconstitutional Stun-gun Ban

On April 27th, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a response to the Center for Individual Rights’ motion for a preliminary injunction. Attorney General Healey argues that the law should not be suspended until a decision is reached on the merits for the following reasons: First, she argues that because CIR’s plaintiffs have alternative means of defense they are not harmed by the law’s continued enforcement. Second, she argues that ...

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March 08, 2017 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Victory: Federal Court Declares Guam’s Race Restrictive Plebiscite Unconstitutional

On March 8th, Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam issued a decision in favor of CIR client Arnold Davis. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s opinion granted Davis’ Motion for Summary Judgment and held Guam’s race exclusive plebiscite unconstitutional in light of the Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution. The ruling will prohibit Guam from denying Davis – or anyone – the right to vote because of their race.

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September 13, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR Defends Public Servant Demoted for Political Views

On September 13th, CIR filed suit against the state of New York on behalf of New York civil servant Salvatore Davi. Davi, who worked as an Administrative Law Judge in New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, was suspended and demoted from his position because he expressed his political views on his Facebook account. His superiors alleged his expression of political views constituted professional misconduct.

Davi’s political speech is clearly ...

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