Hendrickson v. U.S.; Hart v. U.S.

CIR victorious in show-down with IRS

After a year-long fight with the IRS over the right of private citizens to publish a book critical of the government, CIR has successfully halted another effort by a government regulatory agency to suppress protected speech. The Department of

Status: Victory: All IRS subpoenas withdrawn

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Hinkle v. Baker

California school scrambles to settle with CIR

In another victory for CIR, California Polytechnic State University agreed that it was improper to punish a student soley on the grounds that other students found his speech to be contraversial. The school agreed to clear Steve’s student record, let him post fliers in

Status: Status: Victory. University settled on terms favorable to student.

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Katz v. Chevaldina

CIR is representing a blogger, Irina Chevaldina, who is being sued for copyright infringement for using a headshot photo in one of her posts. She won in the district court and CIR is endeavoring to defend the decision in her favor before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Status: Victory

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Maas v. Cornell University

Prof. James Maas

“THE CASE READS LIKE A TWISTED VERSION OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS, ONLY THIS TIME THE ‘WITCH’ IS A PROFESSOR AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND HIS ACCUSERS ARE FORMER STUDENTS EGGED ON BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN’S STUDIES PROGRAM.” LINDA CHAVEZ, USA TODAY

CIR contested, on contractual and other

Status: Loss. N.Y. Court of Appeals upheld lower court dismissal of case.

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McConnell v. Le Moyne College

Victory: Court Orders Reinstatement of Scott McConnell

On January 18, 2006, a New York Appellate Division court ordered Le Moyne College to reinstate education student Scott McConnell “forthwith.” McConnell was summarily expelled a year ago because of a course paper he wrote concerning classroom management. Among other things, McConnell’s paper questioned

Status: Victory. New York appellate court ordered immediate reinstatement.

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New York Progress and Protection PAC v. Walsh

CIR represented the New York Progress and Protection PAC ("NYP3"), an independent campaign committee formed to run television, radio, and print advertisements on behalf of conservative political candidates in New York State. NYP3 was blocked from participating in New York City's 2013 mayoral election because of New York's campaign

Status: Victory. Summary Judgment granted by US District Court.

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Perez v. Posse Comitatus

Citizens group sued for discussing immigration

Farmingville, Long Island

Sachem Quality of Life (SQL), a non-profit community group, was formed in response to politicians’ refusal to deal with an explosion of illegal immigration in the Farmingville area of Long Island. Its members want to protect their quality of life in the face

Status: Victory

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Project Vote v. MonCrief

CIR defends ACORN whistleblower

CIR is representing Anita MonCrief, a former employee of

Anita MonCrief

Project Vote, a subsidiary of ACORN. After she left Project Vote in 2008, Ms. MonCrief became a vocal critic of both organizations. In 2009, Project Vote filed suit to silence Ms. MonCrief alleging numerous violations of law including

Status: Victory. Case settled on favorable terms

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Silva v. University of New Hampshire

CIR’s 1994 victory against the University of New Hampshire was the first successful case against university speech codes and an affirmation of First Amendment rights in the classroom.

University speech codes that punished those who expressed politically incorrect sentiments were first challenged by CIR in our case against UNH. Until 1994,

Status: Victory

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Sypniewski v. Warren Hills R.S.D.

CIR prevails in case challenging suspension of high school senior for wearing Jeff Foxworthy shirt, so-called zero tolerance policies at stake.

Thomas Sypniewski, a high-achieving senior at a Washington, N.J., public high school, prevailed in his several year fight for his First Amendment rights after being suspended in 2001 for wearing

Status: Victory. Plaintiff's motion to dismiss remaining claims was granted.

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