CIR Files Brief for Free Speech in Westchester County Appeal to Second Circuit

On July 22nd, the Center for Individual Rights filed an amicus brief before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Westchester County, New York. The County Executive, Robert Astorino, is engaged in an ongoing political dispute with the Obama administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which Astorino has publicly accused of seeking to take over local zoning in Westchester County and across the country. After a ...

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June 29, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates

In Memoriam: Gerald Walpin 1931-2016

The Center for Individual Rights is deeply saddened by the tragic death last Friday, June 24, of our longstanding Board member Gerald Walpin.  We extend our condolences to Jerry’s wife, Sheila, his three children, six grandchildren and extended family.

Jerry spent more than forty years at the New York firm of Rosenman Colin Freund Lewis & Cohen (later Katten Muchin & Rosenman LLP) culminating as Senior Partner and Chairman of the ...

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June 28, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates, Friedrichs

Supreme Court Denies Friedrichs Petition for Rehearing

On June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition from nine California public school teachers to rehear their First Amendment challenge to mandatory union fees. The plaintiffs petitioned the Court to rehear their case after a 4-4 decision was issued in the wake of Justice Scalia’s death. When the split decision was issued, it was not accompanied by an opinion on the merits of the argument. All that was ...

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June 03, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates

CIR Defends Speech Against Climate Crusade

CIR is assisting the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in its fight against the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands and his effort to issue a subpoena on CEI demanding that it produce a decade’s worth of communications, statements, and documents related to CEI’s work on climate change from 1997-2007. After several rounds of letters and motions that imposed significant costs on CEI, the AG withdrew his subpoena. CIR filed an amicus brief in ...

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June 24, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Supreme Court Upholds Unconstitutional Racial Preferences

In what many Supreme Court experts consider a surprise opinion, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the system of racial preferences used for admission at the University of Texas, Austin. In a confusing holding that significantly departs from his original holding in Fisher I, Justice Kennedy authored an opinion that largely defers to Universities and minimizes the role of the Courts. In doing so, the Court’s opinion will embolden Universities ...

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March 15, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Free Speech Protections Bolstered in District of Columbia

In a significant victory for CIR client “Zujua” — an anonymous Wikepedia editor who was sued for defamation for making edits to a Wikipedia entry — the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed trial judge Maurice Ross’s earlier ruling denying Zujua attorney’s fees.

Judge Ross had ruled that the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute only allows an award of attorney’s fees for what Ross termed “classic” SLAPP lawsuits, which he ...

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March 21, 2016 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Jaime Caetano Gets Another Chance

The Supreme Court tossed a Massachusetts court ruling that upheld a state ban on owning or possessing a stun gun.  Today’s ruling directs the Supreme Court of Massachusetts to reconsider Jaime Caetano’s conviction for possessing a stun gun in violation of a Massachusetts laws in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. In Heller, the Court specifically ruled that the Second Amendment covers “all instruments ...

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