CIR Goes After Obama “Operation Choke Point”

October 09, 2014

CIR filed an amicus curiae brief in Community Financial Services Association of America v. FDIC, a suit brought by a group of payday lenders challenging “Operation Choke Point,” a broad investigation of banks and payment processors that do business with businesses deemed “undesirable” by Obama regulators, such as gun dealers,

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Ninth Circuit Briefing Completed in Friedrichs

September 16, 2014

All parties have now submitted briefs on the merits to the three-judge panel that will hear the case for the Ninth Circuit.

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Challenge to Guam One-Race Plebiscite Moves Forward

August 27, 2014

A three judge panel heard oral argument in Guam resident Dave Davis’s challenge to that island’s race exclusive plebiscite.  Davis had tried to register to vote in the plebiscite to consider Guam’s future relationship with the US, but was denied because he cannot trace his ancestry to a Chamorro, the

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Sixth Circuit grants Amish hair cutters new trial

August 27, 2014

Today the 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 under the federal hate crimes law for forcibly shaving the beards and cutting the hair of other Amish.  The federal hate crimes law criminalizes violent

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CIR Targets Feds’ “Threatening” Speech Law

August 22, 2014

Today CIR filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the case Elonis v. United States.  CIR notes in its brief that the federal statute under which Elonis was convicted is silent on the question of intent. The brief goes on to point out that courts have been evenly divided

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Fourth Circuit Upholds Obamcare — Provides Crucial Split

July 22, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the IRS interpretation of Obamacare today in its decision in King v. Burwell.  The decision supports the Administration’s view that it can provide heath insurance subsidies even in states that have elected not to establish state health insurance exchanges.

King v. Burwell 

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DC Circuit overrules IRS Obamacare “save”

July 22, 2014

Today, in Halbig v. Burwell, the DC Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that had signed off on an IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act that made millions of Americans, across 36 states, eligible for health insurance subsidies.  The problem, the DC Circuit held, is that the ACA, under its plain

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Harris v. Quinn: Supreme Court Closer to End of Compulsory Union Dues

June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court’s June decision in Harris v. Quinn was good news for Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues.  In Harris, the Supreme Court struck down an Illinois statute that required home healthcare workers to join and pay dues to a designated union. Writing for the 5-4

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Oral Argument in Amish Hair Cutters Case

June 26, 2014

A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Miller v. United States.  An Amish woman named Kathryn Miller, represented by CIR, and other Amish defendants were appealing their convictions under the federal hate crimes act for cutting the beards and hair of other Amish as part of

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Victory for Anonymous Internet Speech

June 04, 2014

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued the first ruling ever under the D.C. Anti-SLAPP statute.  The Court ruled that an individual who is denied protection under the statute by a trial court may immediately appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals.  Then the court ruled that the plaintiff

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