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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Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban Finally Declared Unconstitutional

April 18, 2018

After facing attacks on nearly every front, the Massachusetts law banning stun guns and other electric weapons has finally been declared unconstitutional. The Supreme Court cast constitutional shade on the law in 2016’s Caetano v. Massachusetts.  In light of that decision, the law has come under increasing scrutiny. CIR filed

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CIR Plaintiffs Support Mark Janus at Supreme Court Rally

April 11, 2018

On Monday, February 26th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. While attorneys argued inside the Court, CIR plaintiffs Ryan Yohn, Bruce Aster, and Darren Miller all traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak at a rally at the Supreme Court...

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Yohn Plaintiffs Support Mark Janus at Supreme Court

Featured Video Play Icon February 23, 2018

On Monday, February 26th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The case is brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois public employee who is challenging compelled union dues. CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Janus on behalf of Ryan Yohn and the six other teacher

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Federal Magistrate Recommends James Madison University Pay $850,000 In CIR Case

February 07, 2018

A federal magistrate judge has recommended that James Madison University pay nearly $850,000 in attorney’s fees for CIR’s case defending a JMU student who was suspended without due process. A university panel initially found the student, accused of sexual assault, not guilty. But thanks to a one-sided appeals system used

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CIR Defends Free Speech In Class Action Case

February 07, 2018

The Center for Individual Rights recently filed a brief at the Supreme Court defending the free speech rights of plaintiffs in class action settlements. In Frank v. Gaos, plaintiffs are challenging a settlement of $8.5 million that Google agreed to pay for violating the privacy rights of their users. The

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CIR, Teachers Ask Supreme Court to End Compulsory Union Dues

December 06, 2017

CIR’s brief pulls from evidence in pending Yohn v. CTA case and asks court to restore workers’ First Amendment rights and end burdensome opt-out procedures.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed an amicus brief in Janus v. AFSCME on behalf of seven California teachers. CIR’s brief

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CIR Urges Supreme Court To End Compulsory Union Dues

December 06, 2017

On Wednesday December 6th, CIR filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court on behalf of Ryan Yohn and six other teacher plaintiffs from Yohn v. CTA. Our brief asks the court to end compulsory union dues and burdensome opt-out requirements when it considers Janus v. AFSCME in early 2018.

CIR’s

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Justice Department Joins CIR in Challenge to Voting Discrimination

November 29, 2017

On November 28th, the U.S. Justice Department filed an amicus brief before the Ninth Circuit in support of CIR client Dave Davis and his case against racial voting discrimination in Guam. The Justice Department brief fully supports CIR’s case and urges the Ninth Circuit to uphold our earlier victory in

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Compelled Dues Case

October 03, 2017

On Thursday, September 28th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging compulsory union dues. If Janus is successful, the Court could restore teacher’s First Amendment rights and declare compulsory dues unconstitutional in all fifty states by next June.

This is a significant milestone in the fight

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