24 Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Forced Union Dues

November 17, 2015

Twenty-four amicus briefs have been filed at the Supreme Court in support of compelled union dues. The parties who have signed on to the briefs include the Obama administration, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and twenty-two union organizations.

A theme repeated throughout many of the briefs is that political

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Amicus Briefs in Support of Unions

November 16, 2015

Amicus Briefs filed before Supreme Court in support of the Unions

School Districts United States Dept. of Justice Twenty-two State Governments Constitutional Law Scholars Labor Law Scholars Los Angeles Dept. of Health and Human Services and New York City Health + Hospitals National Women’s Law Center and others Governor of Montana Steve Bullock National Council on Teacher Retirement and

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Amicus Briefs in Support of Friedrichs

November 12, 2015

Amicus Briefs filed before Supreme Court in support of CIR

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez National Federation of Independent Business Buckeye Institute Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Center on National Labor Policy Constitutional Law Scholars Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice Atlantic Legal Foundation Public School Teachers Who Favor School Choice Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Mountain States Legal Foundation National Right to Work

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Union, California Attorney General File Briefs in Friedrichs

November 11, 2015

The California Teacher’s Association and the California Attorney General have filed briefs before the Supreme Court in response to CIR’s arguments on behalf of Rebecca Friedrichs and other public school teachers.

The Union’s brief argues that public employees, like Rebecca Friedrichs and other school teachers, can be compelled to support political activity

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CIR Files Brief in Defense of Small Business Owner

November 04, 2015

Like many government agencies, the Small Business Administration utilizes a system of racial preferences in the awarding of government contracts (called the “Section 8(a)” program). Unfortunately, when Congress created the Section 8(a) program, it failed to provide guidance to agencies on the basic question of what sort of small business

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CIR Defends Police Union Against Government Electioneering

November 03, 2015

It seems commonsense to say that the government should not spend public funds to support one particular candidate or cause in a public election, yet that is exactly what the government of Montgomery County, Maryland has done. In an ongoing case against the county, CIR has filed an amicus brief

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Motion For Summary Judgment Filed in Voting Rights Case

November 02, 2015

CIR plaintiff Arnold Davis is back in the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam to continue his challenge to Guam’s race-exclusive plebiscite. In 2013, this same District Court dismissed Davis’ lawsuit by saying he had no standing to sue the government of Guam. However, with CIR’s help, Davis appealed

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Supreme Court Reporters Say Friedrichs a Top Case to Watch This Term

October 20, 2015

With a docket full of many cases that have the potential to change our nation’s history, multiple Supreme Court reporters have singled out CIR’s case of Friedrichs v. CTA as one of the top cases to watch. Even in a year filled with cases regarding religious freedom, privacy, voting rights, and many other

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Twenty-Five Amicus Briefs Urge Supreme Court to Side With Friedrichs

September 23, 2015

Twenty-five parties have filed amicus briefs at the Supreme Court in support of CIR’s case in Friedrichs v. CTA. The amicus briefs represent a broad and bipartisan coalition of individuals and organizations who agree that compulsory union dues are harmful to teachers, parents, and children.

The amici include former California Senate

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Jeremy Rabkin: Protecting Wikipedia contributors means protecting the modern Internet

July 22, 2014

A ruling last month by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is a major victory for the openness of today’s Internet. It’s a particular victory for the process that sustains Wikipedia. The case is John Doe No. 1 v. Susan L. Burke.

The ruling concerned a pre-trial motion to quash

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