Ultima Services, Corp. Files Suit Challenging Race-Based Set-Aside Law

March 05, 2020

Washington, DC March 5, 2020 – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed suit on behalf of Ultima Services Corporation (Ultima), challenging the constitutionality of a federal rule that sets aside government contracts for “disadvantaged” companies, and presumes that companies owned by members of certain racial and ethnic groups

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California Public Officials File Suit Against California Gag Law

February 24, 2020

Washington, DC and Irvine, CA –The California Policy Center and the Center for Individual Rights today filed suit on behalf of seven California elected officials challenging a California law that prohibits public employers, including many elected school board and city council members, from statements that “deter or discourage” public employees

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Government of Guam Inexplicably Delays Plebiscite Appeal

March 26, 2018

The Government of Guam recently declined an opportunity to expedite consideration of its appeal of a lower court judgment striking down its long-planned plebiscite on Guam’s future relationship to the United States.

Earlier this month, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit offered to expedite its review of Guam’s

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CIR, Teachers Ask Supreme Court to End Compulsory Union Dues

December 06, 2017

CIR’s brief pulls from evidence in pending Yohn v. CTA case and asks court to restore workers’ First Amendment rights and end burdensome opt-out procedures.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed an amicus brief in Janus v. AFSCME on behalf of seven California teachers. CIR’s brief

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CIR Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Hear Workers’ Rights Case

September 28, 2017

Favorable Janus v AFSCME decision would be first step to restoring workers’ constitutional rights

WASHINGTON, DC – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Janus v. AFSCME in 2018.

“Every worker in America should have the right to choose – without fear or coercion

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California Attorney General Agrees to Protect Free Speech Rights

May 02, 2017

Washington, D.C. – 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 ban artist Timothy Desmond from displaying

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Preliminary Injunction Filed Challenging the Commonwealth’s Ban on Non-Lethal Weapons

March 31, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts – Today, a preliminary injunction was filed asking the court to prohibit law enforcement from continuing to deprive Massachusetts citizens from exercising their 2nd Amendment right to own a non-lethal stun gun.

On February 16th, in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit regarding self-defense rights of private citizens, three Massachusetts residents

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Federal Judge Strike Down Race-based Guam Plebiscite

March 08, 2017

Washington, DC — US Federal Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood today struck down the Government of Guam’s plans to hold a referendum on the future relation of Guam to the United States.  Tydingco-Gatewood found that the plebiscite restricted participation to “Native Inhabitants of Guam” in violation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Massachusetts’ Ban on Non-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons

February 16, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts – In a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit regarding self-defense rights of private citizens, three Massachusetts residents have teamed with The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) and Commonwealth Second Amendment, Inc. (comm2a.org) in challenging the constitutionality of a state law banning stun guns and other non-lethal electrical weapons. The plaintiffs

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CIR Files Suit on Behalf of Teachers Against the California Teachers Association

February 06, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) today filed a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association (CTA) on behalf of 8 California teachers and the Association of American Educators. The suit challenges the constitutionality of California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing public

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