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On October 25, CIR President Terry Pell helped take the fight for teacher freedom to the Pennsylvania state Legislature.  He testified in support of proposed legislation designed to implement the Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Janus v. AFSCME along with former Secretary of Education William Bennett (now Chairman of “Conservative Leaders for Education”) and State Policy Network expert Vincent Vernuccio

William J. Bennett

Pennsylvania is one of several states that ...

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October 11, 2018 by CIR in Case Updates

Ninth Circuit hears argument in CIR’s challenge to Guam voting law

On October 10, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument in Davis v. Guam, a case challenging a race-exclusive plebiscite planned by the Government of Guam.  Guam resident Arnold (Dave) Davis was turned away from registering to vote because he is not descended from a native Chamorro. The race-based restriction was struck down by the US District Court for the District ...

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October 16, 2018 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Workers Vindicated: UFW Finally Decertified At Gerawan Farming

It’s been over five years since the workers at Gerawan Farming voted to dercitify the United Farm Workers. The UFW was certified at Gerawan in 1990, but then abandoned the workers for nearly two decades. When the UFW returned in 2012, they demanded that Gerawan’s 5,000 employees, few of whom were present for the 1990 election, pay union dues or else lose their employment.

The workers chose a third option: they ...

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April 18, 2018 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban Finally Declared Unconstitutional

After facing attacks on nearly every front, the Massachusetts law banning stun guns and other electric weapons has finally been declared unconstitutional. The Supreme Court cast constitutional shade on the law in 2016’s Caetano v. Massachusetts.  In light of that decision, the law has come under increasing scrutiny. CIR filed Martel v. Healey in federal court seeking to have the law declared unconstitutional in violation of the Second Amendment. And ...

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October 30, 2018 by CIR2 in Case Updates

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Class Actions Case

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow, October 31st, in Frank v. Gaos, a case in which CIR filed a supporting brief. Gaos will give the Court an opportunity to end the abuse of class action settlements, known as cy pres awards, in which lower courts award 100% of the settlement to attorneys and third party charities. CIR’s amicus brief urged the Court to consider the First Amendment implications ...

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