Nine amicus briefs Urge Supreme Court to Review Friedrichs

March 02, 2015

Nine parties filed amicus or “friend of the court” briefs urging the Supreme Court to grant CIR’s petition to review Friedrichs v. CTA and overturn Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Educ., a 1977 case in which the Court allowed states to require all public employees to pay union dues.  The amicus briefs

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Massachusetts Court Upholds Stun Gun Ban

March 02, 2015

Massachusetts’s highest court upheld Jaime Caetano’s conviction for possession of a stun gun, rejecting her contention that the state’s total ban on stun guns violates the Second Amendment.  The court ruled that stun guns are a modern invention not in common possession in 1789, when the Second Amendment was adopted. 

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Supreme Court Petition Filed in Union Dues Case

January 26, 2015

Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues, is one step closer to the Supreme Court.  On January 26, Michael Carvin, lead counsel in the case, filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court.  The petition asks the Court to take the case and rule that

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Center for Individual Rights Petitions Supreme Court to End Compulsory Union Dues

January 26, 2015

Federal Teacher Suit Aims to Stop Attack on First Amendment Rights

Washington, DC, January 26, 2015—Teachers fed up with paying dues to unions that do not represent their interests could soon be getting their day in court.  Together with Jones Day’s Michael Carvin, the Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today petitioned

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Supreme Court Showdown: Carvin Files Opening Brief in King v. Burwell

December 22, 2014

Michael Carvin, counsel to the petitioners in King v. Burwell, filed his opening brief before the Supreme Court on December 20.  King challenges the Obama Administration’s claim that it may subsidize the cost of individual healthcare policies even in states that have not created state healthcare exchanges.   On December 22, the Supreme

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Ninth Circuit Grants Friedrichs’ Motion: Next Stop — Supreme Court

November 18, 2014

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting the plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Affirmance on the Pleadings. That means Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs are now free to petition the Supreme Court for review of their challenge to compulsory union

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Friedrichs Case in the News!

November 10, 2014

Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR's suit to end compulsory union dues, was featured on several national news programs in November:

Fox & Friends on Sunday, November 9: watch here
Varney & Co. with Stuart Varney on Monday, November 10 at 11:45 am EST: watch here

William Bennett's Morning in

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Obamacare Round Two: Court to Hear Subsidies Challenge

November 07, 2014

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear King v. Burwell, a case challenging the Obama Administration’s claim that it may subsidize the cost of individual healthcare policies even in states that have not created state healthcare exchanges.  King is one of two cases in which CIR filed an amicus brief

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This Fall’s Big Political Spending by Unions — Paid with Dues

November 03, 2014

This fall’s campaign provided further evidence of the ongoing harm to the free speech rights of CIR client Rebecca Friedrichs, her fellow plaintiffs, and thousands of other public employees.  The unions spent big on behalf of Democratic party candidates and causes — nothing unusual about that. What is news is the

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Friedrichs Gets Early Hearing

October 23, 2014

The Ninth Circuit issued an order referring Friedrichs’s Urgent Motion for Summary Affirmance to that court’s motions panel in either November or December.  This means her case could possibly come before the Supreme Court in the current term, which ends next June, 2015.

The new order was a change from the

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