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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CIR Defends Free Speech In Class Actions Case

March 22, 2019

The Center for Individual Rights recently filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear Perryman v. Romero and act to defend the First Amendment rights of class action plaintiffs. In Perryman, class action plaintiffs who were the victims of consumer fraud are challenging a $12.5 million settlement, the

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Rebecca Friedrichs On “Standing Up To Goliath”

November 14, 2018

Former CIR plaintiff and California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs has told the inside story of her decades long struggle against teachers unions in her new book, Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers’ Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country.

For twenty-eight years, Friedrichs served

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Class Actions Case

November 01, 2018

On October 31st, The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Frank v. Gaos, a case in which CIR filed a supporting (amicus) brief. At issue in Gaos is the abusive  use of a feature of some class action settlements, known as cy pres awards, in which lower courts award funds

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The Promise of Janus

November 01, 2018

On October 25, CIR President Terry Pell helped take the fight for teacher freedom to the Pennsylvania state Legislature.  He testified in support of proposed legislation designed to implement the Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Janus v. AFSCME along with former Secretary of Education William Bennett (now Chairman of

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Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Class Actions Case

October 30, 2018

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow, October 31st, in Frank v. Gaos, a case in which CIR filed a supporting brief. Gaos will give the Court an opportunity to end the abuse of class action settlements, known as cy pres awards, in which lower courts award 100% of

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Workers Vindicated: UFW Finally Decertified At Gerawan Farming

October 16, 2018

It’s been over five years since the workers at Gerawan Farming voted to dercitify the United Farm Workers. The UFW was certified at Gerawan in 1990, but then abandoned the workers for nearly two decades. When the UFW returned in 2012, they demanded that Gerawan’s 5,000 employees, few of whom

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Victory: Supreme Court Ends Compelled Union Dues

June 27, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court ended compelled union dues and restored First Amendment rights to thousands of public employees across the country. In Janus v. AFSCME, the Court ruled that workers have a right to decide for themselves whether or not to join a union. After 40 years of coerced union

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CIR Files Supreme Court Brief for California Farmworker

May 15, 2018

The Supreme Court is currently considering Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, a First Amendment challenge to public employee compulsory agency fees.  Compelled unionism could soon be before the Supreme Court once again. Gerawan Farming, Inc. v. California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, cert. petition

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In Supreme Court Class Action Case, Free Speech Hangs In The Balance

April 30, 2018

On April 30th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Frank v. Gaos, a case in which CIR filed a supporting brief. The case challenges a well-known abuse of plaintiff class action settlements known as cy pres awards in which 100% of settlement awards are given to attorneys and third party

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