This fall’s campaign provided further evidence of the ongoing harm to the free speech rights of CIR client Rebecca Friedrichs, her fellow plaintiffs, and thousands of other public employees. The unions spent big on behalf of Democratic party candidates and causes — nothing unusual about that. What is news is theRead More → Posted in Case Updates
The Ninth Circuit issued an order referring Friedrichs’s Urgent Motion for Summary Affirmance to that court’s motions panel in either November or December. This means her case could possibly come before the Supreme Court in the current term, which ends next June, 2015.
The new order was a change from theRead More → Posted in Case Updates
Lead Counsel Michael Carvin filed a reply brief in King v. Burwell, one of two cases challenging the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Carvin’s brief urged the Court to promptly review a decision by the Fourth Circuit in which that court held that theRead More → Posted in Case Updates
Lead Counsel Michael Carvin filed two urgent motions in Friedrichs v. CTA intended to speed the case through the Ninth Circuit as quickly as possible. As Carvin’s team has made clear from the outset of the case, Mrs. Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs cannot prevail before the lower federal courts becauseRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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,Read More → Posted in Case Updates
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, theRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 violentRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 dividedRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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.
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