CIR Defends Free Speech In Class Action Case

February 07, 2018

The Center for Individual Rights recently filed a brief at the Supreme Court defending the free speech rights of plaintiffs in class action settlements. In Frank v. Gaos, plaintiffs are challenging a settlement of $8.5 million that Google agreed to pay for violating the privacy rights of their users. The

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CIR Urges Supreme Court To End Compulsory Union Dues

December 06, 2017

On Wednesday December 6th, CIR filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court on behalf of Ryan Yohn and six other teacher plaintiffs from Yohn v. CTA. Our brief asks the court to end compulsory union dues and burdensome opt-out requirements when it considers Janus v. AFSCME in early 2018.


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Justice Department Joins CIR in Challenge to Voting Discrimination

November 29, 2017

On November 28th, the U.S. Justice Department filed an amicus brief before the Ninth Circuit in support of CIR client Dave Davis and his case against racial voting discrimination in Guam. The Justice Department brief fully supports CIR’s case and urges the Ninth Circuit to uphold our earlier victory in

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Compelled Dues Case

October 03, 2017

On Thursday, September 28th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging compulsory union dues. If Janus is successful, the Court could restore teacher’s First Amendment rights and declare compulsory dues unconstitutional in all fifty states by next June.

This is a significant milestone in the fight

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Watch Ryan Yohn Share His Story

August 03, 2017

Watch as Ryan Yohn explains what inspired him to become a teacher, his love of the profession, and why he decided to stand up for the right of teachers to decide for themselves whether or not to support a union. Watch and share his story.

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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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