Divided Court Issues Tie Decision

March 29, 2016

Today the Supreme Court issued a tied decision in Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association. The 4-4 decision leaves the laws in place in 25 states and the District of Columbia that allows unions to compel non-members to pay “agency fees” to support the union’s collective bargaining work.

Since the death of

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Press Release: Supreme Court Split on Union Fees

March 29, 2016

Supreme Court Split on Union Fees Tied decision leaves fees in place; teachers want case re-heard

 

Washington, D.C.—Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a tied decision in Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, the case challenging mandatory union fees.

The 4-4 decision leaves laws in place in 25 states and the District of Columbia

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Compelled Union Dues and Divisive Campaigns

March 24, 2016

Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that 50% of public school teachers oppose compelled union dues. No doubt, many of these thousands of teachers have diverse reasons for opposing dues. For instance, not all teachers take principled objections to the specific policies promoted through collective bargaining like the plaintiffs

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Justice Alito and CIR’s Brief in Caetano

March 23, 2016

Together with Eugene Volokh, the Center for Individual Rights filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court on behalf of Arming Women Against Rape in Caetano v. Massachusetts. In his concurring opinion, which we highlighted here, Justice Alito cited our brief.

Here is the passage he found persuasive:

“The ability

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Jaime Caetano Gets Another Chance

March 21, 2016

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

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Judge Garland, the First Amendment, and Friedrichs

March 18, 2016

On Wednesday, March 16th, President Obama nominated Judge Garland of the D.C. Court of Appeals to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Any nominee’s record on the First Amendment would always be of crucial concern. However, with Friedrichs v. CTA and multiple other important First Amendment cases pending before the

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Free Speech Protections Bolstered in District of Columbia

March 15, 2016

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

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Political Nature of Collective Bargaining Highlighted at Presidential Debate

March 11, 2016

 

Since the beginning of Rebecca Friedrichs’ lawsuit, unions have insisted that agency fees do not violate First Amendment rights because collective bargaining is not political.

However, at the Seventh Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan, moderator Anderson Cooper directly asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she thought Teacher’s Unions protected bad

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