U.S. v. Szoka

CIR defended the owner of low power, non-commercial radio station in “cease and desist” prosecution brought against him by Federal Communications Commission and represented him in constitutional challenge to FCC’s refusal to issue licenses to low-wattage “micro-broadcasters.”

Status: Loss. District court injunction granting "cease and desist" order affirmed by 6th Circuit. Supreme Court denied owner's petition to review D.C. Cir. ruling denying review of FCC procedures.

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U.S. v. Westchester County

Status: Loss. Court refused to consider brief.

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Vera v. O’Keefe

CIR battles efforts to stifle citizen journalists.   

CIR is committed to protected freedom of speech rights against the recent efforts to silence journalists who use blogs, YouTube videos, and other new media to publish stories that are not usually covered by the mainstream media.  These individuals often lack the resources

Status: Successfully closed. The Maryland case was dismissed, the Pennsylvania case was settled, O'Keefe entered into a plea agreement in the New Orleans case, and the California case was settled.

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Waltz v. Brumfield

CIR sues housing discrimination officials

On April 1, 2008, the Center for Individual Rights filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against several officials of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) on behalf of California resident Julie Waltz.

The suit alleges that state

Status: Victory. Case settled on favorable terms.

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White v. Lee

HUD officials barred from silencing housing opposition

In recent years, CIR has been on the forefront of legal efforts to protect this fundamental right against meddling bureaucrats and zealous ideologues who have resorted to anti-discrimination laws to stifle speech they deem threatening to their interests.

One of the most shocking examples of

Status: Victory. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed district court order granting summary judgment.

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Willand v. Alexander

Prof. wins fight over politically correct speech restrictions

Courtesy of Old Army Press

With CIR’s help, a Minnesota professor fought in federal court to protect his rights to free speech and academic freedom. After putting a poster of General George Custer on his office door and otherwise deviating from a politically correct view of American

Status: Settled on favorable terms -- Defendants agreed to a judgement in Prof. Willand's favor.

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Wolk v. Olson

When attorney Ted Frank posted a blog entry on a legal reform website, he had no way of knowing that he would one day be sued in an effort to punish him for his spirited stance.  CIR took on Frank’s defense to protect his vital First Amendment right to speak

Status: Victory. While the case was pending in the Third Circuit, the plaintiff agreed to settle the case on terms favorable to our client.

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Yohn v. California Teachers Association

On February 6, The Center for Individual Rights filed a lawsuit against the state of California and the California Teachers Association on behalf of eight California public school teachers and the Association of American Educators. The teachers are challenging California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing

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