Harris v. Quinn: Supreme Court Closer to End of Compulsory Union Dues

June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court’s June decision in Harris v. Quinn was good news for Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues.  In Harris, the Supreme Court struck down an Illinois statute that required home healthcare workers to join and pay dues to a designated union. Writing for the 5-4

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Oral Argument in Amish Hair Cutters Case

June 26, 2014

A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Miller v. United States.  An Amish woman named Kathryn Miller, represented by CIR, and other Amish defendants were appealing their convictions under the federal hate crimes act for cutting the beards and hair of other Amish as part of

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Victory for Anonymous Internet Speech

June 04, 2014

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued the first ruling ever under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP statute.  The Court ruled that an individual who is denied protection under the statute by a trial court may immediately appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals.  Then the court ruled that the plaintiff

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Center for Individual Rights Sues Univ. of Connecticut

June 04, 2014

Suit Maintains Minority Student Denied Access to Merit Scholarship

 Storrs, CT, June 3, 2014The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut on behalf of Pamela Swanigan, a graduate student in English at the University of Connecticut.

The suit alleges

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CIR challenges diversity scholarships at UConn

June 03, 2014

The Center for Individual Rights today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut challenging the University of Connecticut’s use of race in awarding scholarships.  While the Supreme Court has said that race may be a “plus” factor in admissions, it has never said

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Anonymous Web Editor Defeats Unmasking Effort

June 02, 2014

A Washington attorney suing an anonymous Wikipedia editor for defamation can’t force the editor to reveal his identity, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled late last week...

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