Harris v. Quinn: Supreme Court Closer to End of Compulsory Union Dues

June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court’s June decision in Harris v. Quinn was good news for Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues.  In Harris, the Supreme Court struck down an Illinois statute that required home healthcare workers to join and pay dues to a designated union. Writing for the 5-4

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Oral Argument in Amish Hair Cutters Case

June 26, 2014

A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Miller v. United States.  An Amish woman named Kathryn Miller, represented by CIR, and other Amish defendants were appealing their convictions under the federal hate crimes act for cutting the beards and hair of other Amish as part of

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Victory for Anonymous Internet Speech

June 04, 2014

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued the first ruling ever under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP statute.  The Court ruled that an individual who is denied protection under the statute by a trial court may immediately appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals.  Then the court ruled that the plaintiff

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Center for Individual Rights Sues Univ. of Connecticut

June 04, 2014

Suit Maintains Minority Student Denied Access to Merit Scholarship

 Storrs, CT, June 3, 2014The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut on behalf of Pamela Swanigan, a graduate student in English at the University of Connecticut.

The suit alleges

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CIR challenges diversity scholarships at UConn

June 03, 2014

The Center for Individual Rights today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut challenging the University of Connecticut’s use of race in awarding scholarships.  While the Supreme Court has said that race may be a “plus” factor in admissions, it has never said

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Anonymous Web Editor Defeats Unmasking Effort

June 02, 2014

A Washington attorney suing an anonymous Wikipedia editor for defamation can’t force the editor to reveal his identity, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled late last week...

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CIR Wins Summary Judgment in New York Campaign Limit Challenge

April 28, 2014

Federal District Judge Paul Crotty today granted CIR’s motion for summary judgment against New York’s unconstitutional limits on campaign contributions to independent campaign committees.  Judge Crotty ruled from the bench during oral argument in New York Protection and Progress PAC v. Walsh, a case in which CIR is representing a PAC that

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Courts Should Seize the Opportunity To Disempower Public-Worker Unions

March 28, 2014

Cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and in California should terminate closed shops.

Terry Pell, The National Law Journal

March 10, 2014

A U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the forced unionization of Illinois home health care providers and a federal teacher suit challenging the constitutionality of compulsory union dues suggest that the

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Trampling the Rights of Teachers

February 01, 2014

The heroic effort of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 to rein in public employee unions has started to produce results.

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Feds End 19-year Battle with DynaLantic

January 31, 2014

Federal District Judge Emmett Sullivan signed and approved a settlement between CIR client DynaLantic Corp. and the defendants, the Department of Defense, the Navy, and the Small Business Administration (SBA), ending a 19-year battle.  Under the terms of the settlement, defendants agreed to not to award any prime contracts in

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