Mark Janus files Union Dues Petition at Supreme Court

June 08, 2017

On June 6th, Mark Janus filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear his case, Janus v. AFSCME. Janus’ case seeks to end compulsory union dues.  His case is based on the same free speech argument that the Center for Individual Rights successfully brought to the Supreme Court in

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Stun Gun Case Bolts Forward

June 05, 2017

Judge Douglas Woodlock of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts recently asked CIR to file a Motion for Summary Judgment in our case against Massachusetts’s stun-gun ban. CIR jumped at the opportunity and filed the Motion and a detailed Memorandum on May 17th, asking the court to declare the ban

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Judge Orders Discovery in Yohn v. CTA

June 01, 2017

On June 1st, Judge Josephine L. Staton of the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California denied CIR’s motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in Yohn v. CTA. Because the plaintiffs’ claims are foreclosed by Supreme Court precedent allowing unions to impose compulsory dues on non-union members, CIR’s

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Victory! California Attorney General Agrees to Protect Free Speech

May 02, 2017

The Center for Individual Rights reached a settlement with the Attorney General of California this week that guarantees the Attorney General will not use California Code section 8195 to stifle legitimate First Amendment speech. The state of California previously attempted to use section 8195 to ban artist Timothy Desmond from

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Massachusetts Attorney General Defends Unconstitutional Stun-gun Ban

April 28, 2017

On April 27th, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a response to the Center for Individual Rights’ motion for a preliminary injunction. Attorney General Healey argues that the law should not be suspended until a decision is reached on the merits for the following reasons: First, she argues that because

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CIR Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against Massachusetts Stun-gun Ban

March 31, 2017

Yesterday the Center for Individual Rights filed a motion for preliminary injunction in the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts that asks the court to suspend Massachusetts’s ban on electric weapons as our case proceeds.

The motion asks Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock to bar Massachusetts authorities from enforcing the

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Victory: Federal Court Declares Guam’s Race Restrictive Plebiscite Unconstitutional

March 08, 2017

On March 8th, Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood of the District Court of Guam issued a decision in favor of CIR client Arnold Davis. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s opinion granted Davis’ Motion for Summary Judgment and held Guam’s race exclusive plebiscite unconstitutional in light of the Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution.

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CIR Asks Court to Move Union Dues Challenge Forward

March 01, 2017

CIR recently filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in our case against compulsory union dues. Since this case questions precedents previously set by the Supreme Court, and the district court does not have the authority to deviate

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CIR Files Complaint Against Massachusetts Stun Gun Ban

February 16, 2017

The Center for Individual rights, in cooperation with McCarter & English, has filed a complaint challenging the state of Massachusetts’s ban on stun-guns in the U.S. District Court of the District of Massachusetts. CIR is representing three clients who want the option of non-lethal means of self-defense but are threatened with

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Yohn v. CTA: CIR’s New Suit to End Compelled Union Dues

February 06, 2017

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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