CIR Successfully Ends Attack on O’Keefe’s Speech

December 06, 2019

On March 5, 2013, James O’Keefe reached a settlement in the last of several lawsuits filed against him in the wake of his exposé of ACORN. ACORN employee, Juan Carlos Vera brought a lawsuit against O’Keefe for secretly recording a conversation between the two of them as a part of

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Newest Issue of CIR’s Docket Report

December 06, 2019

2019 has been a busy year for CIR.  Whether defending free speech in a welfare office in New York or challenging a racial voting law in Guam, CIR has been fighting for individual rights wherever the Constitution reaches.

You can read about CIR’s work in our most recent Docket Report.

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CIR’s Thirtieth Anniversary

December 06, 2019

2019 marks CIR’s thirtieth year.

In 1989, Michael Greve and Michael McDonald founded the Center for Individual Rights, a new kind of public interest firm that would fight back against the liberal drift in constitutional law.  CIR would bring original cases that took dead aim at threats to individual liberty.  It

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Justice Elena Kagan Extends Guam’s Petition Deadline

November 08, 2019

In a surprising turn of events, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has granted Guam an extension to appeal the Ninth Circuit decision, invalidating Guam’s plebiscite law as racially discriminatory.  Guam’s attorney Michael Phillips will now have until December 26 to file a petition.

On November 6, Guam’s governor, Lou Leon Guerrero,

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Supreme Court Rejects Guam’s Application for Extension

November 06, 2019

The Supreme Court has denied Guam’s request for an extension of time to appeal a recent Ninth Circuit decision, invalidating Guam’s racially restrictive plebiscite law.  The law would have restricted the right to vote in a political status plebiscite to “Native Inhabitants of Guam”—a term that the Ninth Circuit recognized

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Guam Submits Motion for Extension to File Appeal

October 28, 2019

On October 28, Guam’s recently hired attorney, Michael Phillips, requested an extension of time to file a petition appealing a recent Ninth Circuit decision, invalidating Guam’s plebiscite law.  The application, filed with Justice Kagan’s office, comes more than a week after the deadline for extension requests.  Accordingly, Guam’s application must

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Guam’s Governor Presses Forward with Controversial Appeal

October 23, 2019

[Update: New counsel for Guam has filed a motion for extension of petition deadline with Justice Kagan’s office 10-28-19]

On October 21, the governor of Guam, Lou Leon Guerrero, announced that she intends to appeal the recent Ninth Circuit decision, which declared Guam’s plebiscite law unconstitutional. The law in question would

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FDIC Settles in Operation Choke Point Lawsuit

October 17, 2019

Earlier this year, the FDIC agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over the Obama-era initiative, Operation Choke Point. The FDIC initiative pressured banks not to deal with certain types of legal businesses that were categorically identified as “high risk.” As a result of Operation Choke Point, many legal businesses

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Guam Court Awards Davis Attorney’s Fees

April 11, 2019

Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam has awarded $947,717 to Dave Davis for the costs incurred by Gibson Dunn, CIR and the Election Law Center in his lawsuit against Guam’s unconstitutional race-based plebiscite. Despite objections from Guam’s Attorney General, who argued that Davis should not be reimbursed

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Supreme Court Remands Class Action Challenge

March 22, 2019

The Supreme Court today remanded Frank v. Gaos to the Ninth Circuit after determining there were still questions about whether or not the named plaintiffs have standing to challenge the settlement at issue. The standing question has followed the plaintiffs throughout this litigation, and was further complicated by the Supreme

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