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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Carvin Files “Corker” of Reply Brief in Obamacare Challenge

October 21, 2014

Lead Counsel Michael Carvin filed a reply brief in King v. Burwell, one of two cases challenging the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).  Carvin’s brief urged the Court to promptly review a decision by the Fourth Circuit in which that court held that the

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Union Dues Case Snakes Through Ninth Circuit

October 17, 2014

Lead Counsel Michael Carvin filed two urgent motions in Friedrichs v. CTA intended to speed the case through the Ninth Circuit as quickly as possible.  As Carvin’s team has made clear from the outset of the case, Mrs. Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs cannot prevail before the lower federal courts because

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CIR Goes After Obama “Operation Choke Point”

October 09, 2014

CIR filed an amicus curiae brief in Community Financial Services Association of America v. FDIC, a suit brought by a group of payday lenders challenging “Operation Choke Point,” a broad investigation of banks and payment processors that do business with businesses deemed “undesirable” by Obama regulators, such as gun dealers,

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Carvin Submits Motion for Summary Affirmance

October 03, 2014

Lead counsel Michael Carvin submitted a Motion for Summary Affirmance on the Pleadings, asking the Ninth Circuit to promptly rule against Friedrichs so the case can move quickly to the Supreme Court.

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Ninth Circuit Briefing Completed in Friedrichs

September 16, 2014

All parties have now submitted briefs on the merits to the three-judge panel that will hear the case for the Ninth Circuit.

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Challenge to Guam One-Race Plebiscite Moves Forward

August 27, 2014

A three judge panel heard oral argument in Guam resident Dave Davis’s challenge to that island’s race exclusive plebiscite.  Davis had tried to register to vote in the plebiscite to consider Guam’s future relationship with the US, but was denied because he cannot trace his ancestry to a Chamorro, the

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Sixth Circuit grants Amish hair cutters new trial

August 27, 2014

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Miller v. United States, in which CIR client Kathryn Miller and other Amish appealed their convictions under the federal hate crimes law for forcibly shaving the beards and cutting the hair of other Amish.  The federal hate crimes law criminalizes violent

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