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…

Case Status: Loss

Jeffrey Barke et. al v. Eric Banks et al.

CIR represented seven California elected officials in an effort stop the enforcement of Section 3550, a California law that prohibits public employers from criticizing public employee unions...

Case Status: Loss

Barke v. Banks: Who are the Lawyers?

David Schwarz, Lead Counsel David Schwarz is a litigation partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.  He has extensive experience in litigating constitutional issues, with particular emphasis on First Amendment and labor issues. Mr. Schwarz was lead…

Case Status: Petition for Certiorari denied October 7, 2019.

Seeberger v. Davenport Civil Rights Commission et al.

Seeberger rented a room in a single family house that she owned to Michelle Schreurs and her then fifteen-year-old daughter for $300 per month. Upon hearing that Schreurs’ daughter was pregnant, Seeberger evicted Schruers and…

Case Status: Loss: Petition for Certiorari denied June 24, 2019

Perryman v. Romero

The Center for Individual Rights 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...

Case Status: Victory

Doe v. Alger

CIR represented a student who challenged college sexual misconduct procedures...

Case Status: Certiorari Denied

Gerawan Farming v. ALRB

CIR filed an amicus brief on behalf of California agricultural workers in a Supreme Court case challenging a California law that imposes labor contract on unwilling employees...

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

Yohn v. CTA: Meet the Lawyers

In Yohn v. CTA, the Center for Individual Rights is working in cooperation with Michael Carvin of Jones Day. Carvin was a founding board member of CIR and has worked closely with the Center on…

Case Status: Remanded and Dismissed

Frank v. Gaos

In Frank v. Gaos, the issue of cy pres awards, which give plaintiff’s money away to third party groups in class action litigation, came before the Supreme Court. CIR’s amicus brief urged the Supreme Court…

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

Yohn v. CTA: Why Teachers?

CIR is representing eight California public school teachers who are compelled by law to pay agency fees to the California Teachers Association. Each of the teachers would not join or support a union if they…

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

Martel v. Healey

CIR represented three clients who had moral and practical objections to using lethal violence in self-defense in their challenge to Massachusetts' stun gun ban...

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

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.

Case Status: Victory in District Court

Davi v. Hein

Since 2010, Davi has served as a Hearing Officer and an Administrative Law Judge in New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. In this role, Davi hears the appeals of those who are…

Case Status: Victory

Desmond v. Harris: Meet Timothy Desmond

Timothy Desmond Tim Desmond is a retired high school science teacher who resides in Fresno, California.  He has had a lifelong interest in painting, which he has pursued in different ways since high school. Throughout…

Case Status: Victory

Desmond v. Harris et. al.

CIR represented Timothy Desmond, an artist, author, and retired school-teacher from Fresno, California, who was denied the right to display his painting in an art competition at a county fair because his depiction of the…

Case Status: Pending

Virgin Islands v. ExxonMobil

CIR filed an amicus brief arguing that the Competitive Enterprise Institute should receive attorney's fees after fighting off an illegal subpoena from the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands...

Case Status: Loss. Court refused to consider brief.

U.S. v. Westchester County

CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and his effort to fend off an overreaching federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...

Case Status: Victory

Serafine v. Branaman

CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Dr. Mary Louise Serafine who faced criminal charges under a Texas law that makes it illegal to call oneself a "psychologist" without being licensed in the state.