Case Status: Victory in District Court

Castro v. Doe

The Center for Individual Rights is defending an anonymous Wikipedia editor’s free speech rights against a baseless $180 million defamation lawsuit brought by a Texas political figure. CIR is fighting to strengthen existing constitutional protections…

Case Status: Victory. Settled on Favorable Terms

Mattson v. Guyette, et al.

Daniel Mattson worked as a performer and adjunct professor at the Western Michigan University School of Music for more than twenty years. In 2017, Mattson wrote an autobiographical book describing his return to Catholicism…

Case Status: Pending

Riotte v. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Who are the Lawyers?

Dennis Carnelli Dennis Carnelli Dennis M. Carnelli is an experienced civil litigation attorney who represents people and businesses in private disputes, civil rights actions, and matters implicating their constitutional rights.  He received his J.D., cum…

Case Status: Pending

Riotte v. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Kate Riotte had worked for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (“Museum”) for six years when she was summarily fired for asking the wrong questions about an equity policy that the museum was developing. In…

Case Status: Pending

Krehbiel v. BrightKey, Inc.

CIR is representing Greg Krehbiel in a federal lawsuit against his former employer for discrimination based on race and political opinion. BrightKey Inc., a Maryland-based marketing fulfillment services company, retained Krehbiel as a consultant in…

Case Status: Victory. Settled on Favorable Terms.

Rynearson v. Bass

Together with Christopher Day, Esq., CIR is representing Richard Rynearson, a retired Air Force command pilot and field grade officer, whose right to free speech was violated when Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force…

Case Status: Settled on favorable terms

U.S. v. New York City Board of Education: Chronology

April 2, 2014Settlement in NYC School Race CaseCIR’s long-running battle on behalf of school building superintendents in New York City drew to a close on April 2 2014, when U.S. District Court Judge…

Case Status: Case dismissed in wake of decision in Janus v. AFSCME

Yohn v. California Teachers Association: Chronology

October 25, 2018The Promise of JanusOn 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…

Case Status: Dismissed in wake of favorable decision by Supreme Court of Massachusetts in another case

Martel v. Healey: Chronology

April 18, 2018Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban Finally Declared UnconstitutionalAfter facing attacks on nearly every front, the Massachusetts law banning stun guns and other electric weapons was finally declared unconstitutional.Stun Gun Case Bolts…

Case Status: Case resolved on other grounds

Miller: Chronology

August 27, 2014Sixth Circuit grants Amish hair cutters new trialThe Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Miller v. United States, in which CIR client Kathryn Miller and other Amish appealed their convictions…

Case Status: Victory

Davis v. Guam: Chronology

May 5, 2020Dave Davis Wins the DayThe Supreme Court denied Guam’s petition for certiorari, in Davis v. Guam, bringing a successful close to CIR’s nine-year fight to overturn the territory’s racially restrictive plebiscite law.  With…

Case Status: Loss.

Nix v. Holder: Chronology

November 12, 2012Court Declines to Review Voting Rights CaseOn November 12, 2012, the Supreme Court denied CIR’s petition for a writ of certiorari in Nix v. Holder.CIR asks Court to review Kinston, NC caseTogether…

Case Status: Victory

MCRI Litigation: Chronology

March 22, 2014Victory in SchuetteIn 2006, Michigan voters successfully passed Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that amended the Michigan state constitution and ended the state government’s use of racial preferences in employment decisions…

Case Status: Pending

Norman Wang v. University of Pittsburgh, et al.

CIR is representing Dr. Norman Wang, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who was disciplined for publishing an article in a scientific journal that analyzed the extent and effect of racial…

Case Status: Settled on Favorable Terms.

Cocina Cultura LLC v. State of Oregon et al.

CIR has filed suit against the State of Oregon, Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services, and two Oregon non-profits, which established a coronavirus relief fund that exclusively provides federal grant money to black applicants, in violation…

Case Status: Victory

Seila Law LLC v. CFPB

CIR filed an amicus brief arguing that the separation of powers and the president’s responsibility to faithfully execute the law requires that the president retain the authority to remove administrative officers who wield executive power…

Case Status: Loss

Barke v. Banks: Who are the Plaintiffs?

Jeffrey Barke, MDJeffrey Barke has a long history of public service. In 2019, he was appointed as a Director of the Rossmoor Community Service District. And for twelve years before that, he served as an…