Free Speech Protections Bolstered in District of Columbia

March 15, 2016

In a significant victory for CIR client “Zujua” — an anonymous Wikepedia editor who was sued for defamation for making edits to a Wikipedia entry — the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed trial judge Maurice Ross’s earlier ruling denying Zujua attorney’s fees.

Judge Ross had ruled that

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Political Nature of Collective Bargaining Highlighted at Presidential Debate

March 11, 2016

 

Since the beginning of Rebecca Friedrichs’ lawsuit, unions have insisted that agency fees do not violate First Amendment rights because collective bargaining is not political.

However, at the Seventh Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan, moderator Anderson Cooper directly asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she thought Teacher’s Unions protected bad

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Union Fees Case is not Over

February 17, 2016

The Center for Individual Rights plans to ensure the full Supreme Court – including a newly confirmed Justice – can render an authoritative decision in Friedrichs v. CTA.

The recent, untimely death of Justice Scalia has raised numerous questions how the Court will proceed with cases where Justice Scalia participated in

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Press Release: Union Fees Case is Not Over

February 17, 2016

Union Fees Case is Not Over Legal team plans to move for Friedrichs case to be re-heard

 

Washington, D.C.—Today the Center for Individual Rights announced plans to ensure the full Supreme Court — including a newly confirmed Justice — can render an authoritative decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

Saturday’s death of

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Supreme Court History on Reargued Cases

February 15, 2016

In light of Justice Scalia’s death, CIR has announced we intend to ensure that a full panel of the Supreme Court can hear and issue an authoritative decision in Friedrichs v. CTA. The Supreme Court will often hold cases over in light of a Justice’s absence, or one of the

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Moments from Friedrichs at the Supreme Court

February 10, 2016

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Video of Friedrichs at Supreme Court

February 01, 2016

On January 11, while oral argument for Friedrichs v. CTA took place inside the Supreme Court, Rebecca’s supporters gathered on the steps to show solidarity and help explain why they think a strong First Amendment is at the heart of a strong education system.

Those present included education reform experts, teachers,

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Listen to Oral Arguments at the Supreme Court

January 26, 2016

Audio recording’s of oral argument in Friedrichs v. CTA have been released by the Supreme Court.

Rebecca’s attorney, Michael Carvin, argued for the first forty minutes. The Solictor General of California, the Solicitor General of the United States, and the union attorney divided their time over the next forty minutes.

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Fifth Circuit Tosses Texas Psychology Licensing Law

January 12, 2016

On January 12 2016, Dr. Mary Louise Serafine, a Texas psychologist with impressive academic credentials, but not licensed in the state of Texas to practice psychology, won her appeal in her case challenging Texas’s law regulating the practice of psychology.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled both that Texas

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Friedrichs Optimistic After Oral Arguments

January 12, 2016

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. CTA on Monday, January 11th. Rebecca’s attorney, Michael Carvin, faced the Solicitor General of California, the union attorney, and the Solicitor General from the Obama administration. Oral arguments lasted eighty minutes, with the time divided equally between the two sides. If the

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