Case Status: Loss

Worth v. Jackson

CIR's challenge of employment goals and preferences for women and racial minorities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...

Case Status: Victory

Boys Town v. SCSD

CIR victory helps DC community activists fight effort to silence them. One of the bedrock principles of democratic self-rule is that citizens have a constitutional right to speak out about matters of public concern --…

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

Willand v. Alexander

CIR represented a Minnesota professor who was prohibted from saying anything that someone might find offensive after putting a poster of General George Custer on his office door and otherwise deviating from a politically correct…

Case Status: Victory

Perez v. Posse Comitatus

CIR defended Sachem Quality of Life, a non-profit community group designed to deal with the explosion of illegal immigration in the Farmingville area of Long Island after some local labor groups asserted the organization was…

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

Sypniewski v. Warren Hills R.S.D.

In 2001, CIR working together with New York law firm KMZRosenman filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Sypniewski, a high-achieving senior at a Washington, N.J., public high school, after he was suspended for…

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

Sypniewski: Q & A about the Sypniewskis' lawsuit

(answers can be attributed to Gerald Walpin, a partner at KMZ Rosenman in New York: August 8, 2001) Q: What is this lawsuit about? A: Tom Sypniewski, Jr., a senior at Warren Hills Regional High School…

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

Sypniewski: The actual text of the "redneck" T-shirt

Top 10 Reasons you might be a Redneck Sports Fan if . . . 10. You’ve ever been shirtless at a freezing football game. 9. Your carpet used to be part of a football field.

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

Sypniewski: Statement of Tom Sypniewski, Jr.

My name is Tom Sypniewski. I just graduated this month from Warren Hills High School in Washington – here in New Jersey. Graduation was a relief after what I’ve been through these last few months.

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

Sypniewski: Demand letter on behalf of Thomas Sypniewski

May 29, 2001 Mr. Peter MerluzziSuperintendent of SchoolsWarren Hills Regional School District89 Bowerstown RoadWashington, New Jersey 07882 Dear Mr. Merluzzi: This firm has been retained by Thomas Sypniewski, Jr., and his family, as co-counsel with…

Sypniewski: Reply to the school's first response

June 4, 2001 James W. Broscious, Esq.Broscious, Glynn & Fischer, P.C.111 West Washington AvenueWashingron, New Jersey 07882 Re: Thomas Sypniewski Dear Mr. Broscious: I saw today your e-mail letter to me dated May 31, 2001,…

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

Sypniewski: Statement of Adrianne Perez

My name is Adrianne Perez and I just want to add a little bit to what Tom and his mother said. I know the school says Tom’s T-shirt is offensive and could cause trouble, but…

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

Sypniewski: Statement of Nancy Sypniewski

My name is Nancy Sypniewski and I’m here today because of what has happened to my son and my family. I want to tell you about what we’ve been through. My husband and I got…

Case Status: Voluntarily dismissed

Mason Cathedral v. City of Boston

The Center for Individual Rights represented Mason Cathedral Church of God in Christ in a lawsuit claiming that the City of Boston violated the church's First Amendment rights when it removed federally funded counselors from…

Case Status: Victory. Defendant Compton's motion for Summary Judgment granted on August 31, 2000.

Affordable Housing Development Corp. v. Fresno

CIR won an important free speech victory in 2006 in its defense of California resident Travis Compton. Compton had been accused of federal housing discrimination by a low-income housing developer angry over Compton’s public comments…

Case 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.

U.S. v. Szoka

CIR defended the owner of low power, non-commercial radio station, Grid Radio 96.9 FM in Cleveland, in “cease and desist” prosecution brought against it by Federal Communications Commission and represented it in a constitutional challenge…

Case Status: Settled in Prof. Deming's favor

Deming v. University of Oklahoma

CIR represented a professor who was accused of sexual harassment on the basis of an article that he published in the University of Oklahoma's daily newspaper...

Case Status: Victory

Dale v. Boy Scouts of America

After the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts may not exclude homosexuals from leadership positions, the Scouts were forced to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect their First Amendment rights.

Case Status: Settled on favorable terms

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

Since 2000, the Center for Individual Rights has represented a group of New York City schools custodial engineers in a landmark challenge to efforts by the federal government to retroactively redistribute employment seniority on the…

Case Status: Victory. After CIR's victory in U.S. v. Morrision, complaint dismissed on July 18, 2000.

Burgess v. Cahall

Successfully defended a company official against charges of sexual harassment. Challenging 1994 Violence Against Women Act as unconstitutional...