Separated by Race

CIR has filed suit against the State of Oregon for establishing a coronavirus relief fund that is limited to black Oregonians.  Setting aside government money for a race-exclusive fund violates the Fourteenth Amendment and federal anti-discrimination law.

In July, The Contingent, an Oregon nonprofit that primarily serves black Oregonians, and the Black United Fund requested $62 million from the state to establish The Oregon Cares Fund.  The Oregon Cares Fund would ...

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October 15, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Won’t Back Down

On October 15, CIR filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit in Barke v. Banks, which challenges Section 3550 — a gag law that prohibits statements from public employers that “deter or discourage” union membership.  CIR is appealing the district court’s decision to dismiss the suit for lack of standing.

The district court maintains that school boards, city councils, and other local elected bodies are mere agents of the state government, ...

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July 31, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Well-Worn Playbook

In February, CIR filed a lawsuit against the SBA and USDA on behalf of Ultima Services Corporation challenging a federal program that sets aside government contracts for minority-owned businesses, called the Section 8(a) program.  Since then,  the agencies have turned to their well-worn playbook to try to have the case dismissed before the district court can reach the merits.

The USDA and SBA have moved to dismiss the case on the ...

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June 25, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Terms of Ensnarement

In Barke v. Banks, CIR is challenging California law Section 3550, which directly prohibits public employers from criticizing government unions.  But legislatures around the country are silencing union criticism in other ways—namely by mandating labor peace agreements.  An LPA is a contract that an employer signs with a union before the union begins to organize.  The union agrees not to disrupt business—through strikes, picketing, boycotts, etc.—and the employer helps facilitate ...

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May 05, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Dave Davis Wins the Day

The Supreme Court has denied Guam’s petition for certiorari, in Davis v. Guam, bringing a successful close to CIR’s nine-year fight to overturn the territory’s racially restrictive plebiscite law.  With this order, CIR’s recent Ninth Circuit victory will stand in its entirety, and Guam will not be allowed to conduct a vote that discriminates on the basis of race.

In July, lead counsel Gibson Dunn’s Luke Townsend won a major victory ...

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June 09, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

I’ve got news for you…

CIR is starting off the decade with two major new cases!  In California, CIR is fighting a gag-law that prohibits public employers from criticizing unions.  At the federal level, CIR is challenging a race-based set-aside law for government contracts.

You can read all about CIR’s latest work in the newest issue of the Docket Report.

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July 03, 2020 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Loosening the grip of the administrative state

In Seila Law LLC v. CFPB, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to take an important first step in restraining the nearly unchecked power of independent agencies by ruling that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional.  The CFPB is an independent agency in charge of regulating consumer debt products. The law creating the CFPB structured the agency to be governed by a single director who could only ...

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