On April 30th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Frank v. Gaos, a case in which CIR filed a supporting brief. The case challenges a well-known abuse of plaintiff class action settlements known as cy pres awards in which 100% of settlement awards are given to attorneys and third partyRead More → Posted in Case Updates
After facing attacks on nearly every front, the Massachusetts law banning stun guns and other electric weapons has finally been declared unconstitutional. The Supreme Court cast constitutional shade on the law in 2016’s Caetano v. Massachusetts. In light of that decision, the law has come under increasing scrutiny. CIR filedRead More → Posted in Case Updates
Locked in an appeal fight with CIR and Lead Counsel Gibson Dunn, the Government of Guam recently inexplicably declined an offer from the Ninth Circuit to expedite consideration of its appeal. CIR is challenging Guam’s plan to hold a race-exclusive plebiscite in violation of the 14th and 15th Amendments. AfterRead More → Posted in Case Updates
On Monday, February 26th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. While attorneys argued inside the Court, CIR plaintiffs Ryan Yohn, Bruce Aster, and Darren Miller all traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak at a rally at the Supreme Court...Read More → Posted in Case Updates, Yohn v. CTA
On Monday, February 26th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The case is brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois public employee who is challenging compelled union dues. CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Janus on behalf of Ryan Yohn and the six other teacherRead More → Posted in Case Updates
A federal magistrate judge has recommended that James Madison University pay nearly $850,000 in attorney’s fees for CIR’s case defending a JMU student who was suspended without due process. A university panel initially found the student, accused of sexual assault, not guilty. But thanks to a one-sided appeals system usedRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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. TheRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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.
CIR’sRead More → Posted in Case Updates, Yohn v. CTA
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 inRead More → Posted in Case Updates
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 fightRead More → Posted in Case Updates