Victory: Ninth Circuit rejects race-exclusive vote in Guam

July 30, 2019

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled that a planned plebiscite by Guam cannot go forward so long as it limits voting to “native inhabitants” of Guam.  The panel ruled that such an “impermissible racial classification” violates the Fifteenth Amendment of the

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Wanted: Director of Litigation

July 22, 2019

CIR is seeking an experienced and proactive Director of Litigation to oversee new case development.  This person will develop litigation strategy in service of CIR’s mission, identify specific opportunities for litigation, and engage potential plaintiffs.  The Director of Litigation will report directly to the President and will work closely

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CIR Files for Summary Judgment in Free Speech Case

July 11, 2019

On July 11, CIR filed a motion for partial summary judgment on behalf of New York civil servant Salvatore Davi.  After months of discovery, including depositions of numerous New York officials and review of thousands of documents, the record demonstrates that Davi was engaged in a private, after-hours discussion on

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CIR Defends Homeowner Fined for Telling the Truth

May 16, 2019

[Update: Petition Denied 10-7-19]

On May 16, 2019 CIR filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the US Supreme Court asking it to review a decision of the Iowa Supreme Court holding a landlord liable for housing discrimination for truthfully informing a tenant the reason for her lawful eviction. 

Teresa Seeberger

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New York Officials Silence Public Employees

January 09, 2019

The age of online shaming and political correctness isn’t going away. Many people have been “de-platformed” from social media sites, kicked off college campuses, and fired from their jobs for speech. Some of these victims of public shaming are public figures and professional provocateurs. But many are average everyday citizens

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

October 11, 2018

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

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Guam Inexplicably Delays Appeal

April 13, 2018

Locked in an appeal fight with CIR and Lead Counsel Gibson Dunn, the Government of Guam recently inexplicably declined an offer from the Ninth Circuit to expedite consideration of its appeal. CIR is challenging Guam’s plan to hold a race-exclusive plebiscite in violation of the 14th and 15th Amendments. After

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Government of Guam Inexplicably Delays Plebiscite Appeal

March 26, 2018

The Government of Guam recently declined an opportunity to expedite consideration of its appeal of a lower court judgment striking down its long-planned plebiscite on Guam’s future relationship to the United States.

Earlier this month, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit offered to expedite its review of Guam’s

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CIR Files for Rehearing in Friedrichs

April 08, 2016

CIR filed a petition for rehearing today asking the Supreme Court to re-hear Friedrichs v. CTA when a new, ninth Justice is confirmed.  This would allow the question of whether compulsory union fees violate the First Amendment to be heard and decided by the full Court of nine Justices.

Last month,

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Friedrichs Teachers File Petition for Re-Hearing of Supreme Court Case

April 08, 2016

Teachers say case is too important to let a tie decision stand

Washington, D.C.—Today lawyers for nine California teachers filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to re-hear arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association when a new Justice is confirmed.

Late last month the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 split decision

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