Friedrichs Files Opening Brief

September 05, 2015

Lead counsel Michael Carvin filed the opening brief on behalf of petitioners Rebecca Friedrichs and her nine co-plaintiffs before the Supreme Court. The brief urges the Court to strike down its past precedent and recognize that compulsory union dues violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and association. The union

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Supreme Court to Hear Union Dues Challenge

June 30, 2015

In an order released June 30, the Supreme Court granted the petition filed by Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs asking the Court to review the constitutionality of compulsory union dues.  Today’s action means the case will be briefed and argued this fall, with a decision due by June 30, 2016.

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Supreme Court Defers Union Dues Petition

June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court took no action today on Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s case challenging compulsory union dues.  This means that the Court will take it up again at a later conference, perhaps at a “cleanup” conference this week.  The next regular conference is scheduled for September 28th.  If the Court

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Supreme Court Saves Obamacare…Again

June 25, 2015

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court today upheld Obamacare against a challenge to the constitutionality of the IRS’s aggressive re-writing of key terms in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as “Obamacare.” Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy joined the liberal block in voting to uphold

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Supreme Court Tosses Conviction for Facebook Threat

June 01, 2015

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court threw out the conviction of Pennsylvania resident Anthony Elonis, who was prosecuted and was serving a prison sentence for posting rap lyrics on his Facebook page that his ex-wife found threatening.  Elonis contended that he didn’t intend to threaten anyone; the lower courts

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Ninth Circuit Revives Guam Voting Rights Case

May 08, 2015

The Ninth Circuit today issued an opinion reinstating a lawsuit challenging the voting restrictions for Guam’s plebiscite on political status.  Today’s decision reversed District Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s decision in early 2013 dismissing the lawsuit on standing and ripeness grounds, and sent the case, brought by plaintiff Arnold Davis, who was represented

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Ninth Circuit Orders Guam Voting Case Forward

May 08, 2015

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated CIR client Arnold Davis’ lawsuit challenging race-based voting restrictions on a plebiscite concerning Guam’s future political status.  The decision reverses District Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s decision in early 2013 dismissing the lawsuit on standing and ripeness grounds. 

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CIR Defends Fair Use of Blog “Headshot” Photo Against Copyright Suit

May 01, 2015

CIR filed an appeal on behalf of Irina Chevaldina, who was sued by Raanan Katz for her use of a small photo of Katz to accompany a blog post that she published about Katz.  Katz found the photo unflattering and purchased rights to it and then sued Chevaldina for copyright

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Friedrichs Petitioners File Final cert Brief — Await Supreme Court Action

April 14, 2015

Ten California school teachers and the Christian Educators Association International filed their final brief urging the Supreme Court to take Friedrichs v. CTA in order to overturn the Court’s 1976 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The petitioners are challenging the constitutionality of state laws that require the

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Court Hears Obamacare Subsidies Challenge

March 05, 2015

On March 4, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in King v. Burwell, a challenge to the constitutionality of the IRS’s aggressive re-writing of key terms in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as “Obamacare.”  After ninety minutes of argument, it was clear that four justices would

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