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, theRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 violentRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 dividedRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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.
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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 plainRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 5-4Read More → Posted in Case Updates, Friedrichs
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 ofRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 plaintiffRead More → Posted in Case Updates
Suit Maintains Minority Student Denied Access to Merit Scholarship
Storrs, CT, June 3, 2014—The 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.
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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 saidRead More → Posted in Case Updates