CIR Targets Feds’ “Threatening” Speech Law

August 22, 2014

Today CIR filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the case Elonis v. United States.  CIR notes in its brief that the federal statute under which Elonis was convicted is silent on the question of intent. The brief goes on to point out that courts have been evenly divided

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Fourth Circuit Upholds Obamcare — Provides Crucial Split

July 22, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the IRS interpretation of Obamacare today in its decision in King v. Burwell.  The decision supports the Administration’s view that it can provide heath insurance subsidies even in states that have elected not to establish state health insurance exchanges.

King v. Burwell 

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DC Circuit overrules IRS Obamacare “save”

July 22, 2014

Today, in Halbig v. Burwell, the DC Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that had signed off on an IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act that made millions of Americans, across 36 states, eligible for health insurance subsidies.  The problem, the DC Circuit held, is that the ACA, under its plain

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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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