Federal Judge Strike Down Race-based Guam Plebiscite

March 08, 2017

Washington, DC — US Federal Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood today struck down the Government of Guam’s plans to hold a referendum on the future relation of Guam to the United States.  Tydingco-Gatewood found that the plebiscite restricted participation to “Native Inhabitants of Guam” in violation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth

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Victory: Federal Court Declares Guam’s Race Restrictive Plebiscite Unconstitutional

March 08, 2017

On March 8th, Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam issued a decision in favor of CIR client Arnold Davis. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s opinion granted Davis’ Motion for Summary Judgment and held Guam’s race exclusive plebiscite unconstitutional in light of the Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution.

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CIR Files Complaint Against Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban

February 16, 2017

The Center for Individual rights, in cooperation with McCarter & English, has filed a complaint challenging the state of Massachusetts’s ban on stun-guns in the U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts. CIR is representing three clients who want the option of non-lethal means of self-defense but are threatened with

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Massachusetts’ Ban on Non-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons

February 16, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts – In a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit regarding self-defense rights of private citizens, three Massachusetts residents have teamed with The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) and Commonwealth Second Amendment, Inc. (comm2a.org) in challenging the constitutionality of a state law banning stun guns and other non-lethal electrical weapons. The plaintiffs

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CIR Files Suit on Behalf of Teachers Against the California Teachers Association

February 06, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association (CTA) on behalf of 8 California teachers and the Association of American Educators. The suit challenges the constitutionality of California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing public

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CIR Files Suit to End Compelled Union Dues

February 06, 2017

On February 6, The Center for Individual Rights filed a lawsuit against the state of California and the California Teachers Association on behalf of eight California public school teachers and the Association of American Educators. The teachers are challenging California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing

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Artist Allowed to Compete at Big Fresno Fair

October 05, 2016

In response to CIR’s recently filed suit on behalf of artist Timothy Desmond, the state of California reversed course and agreed to let Desmond display his civil war painting at the 2016 Big Fresno Fair, which opens on October 5th.  State officials previously barred Desmond from displaying his work because

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CIR Defends Public Servant Demoted for Political Views

September 13, 2016

On September 13th, CIR filed suit against the state of New York on behalf of New York civil servant Salvatore Davi. Davi, who worked as an Administrative Law Judge in New York’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, was suspended and demoted from his position because he expressed his political

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CIR Moves for Immediate Relief for Censored California Artist

September 01, 2016

On August 30, CIR filed a Motion to enjoin the state of California from enforcing its ban on the display of the Confederate Flag on state property against artist Timothy Desmond.  If granted, the injunction would allow Desmond to enter his painting, The Attack, in the 2016 Big Fresno Fair.

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Artist Challenges Confederate Flag Ban

August 16, 2016

On August 15th, CIR filed suit on behalf of California artist Timothy Desmond against officials in charge of the Big Fresno Fair. Those officials refused to allow Desmond’s painting, which depicted a Civil War battle scene, to be displayed in the fair’s art show because it included a rendering of the Confederate flag.

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