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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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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CIR Wins Summary Judgment in New York Campaign Limit Challenge

April 28, 2014

Federal District Judge Paul Crotty today granted CIR’s motion for summary judgment against New York’s unconstitutional limits on campaign contributions to independent campaign committees.  Judge Crotty ruled from the bench during oral argument in New York Protection and Progress PAC v. Walsh, a case in which CIR is representing a PAC that

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District Court Rules in Friedrichs

December 05, 2013

The district court granted CIR’s request to enter judgment on behalf of the defendant unions in Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues.  The decision means the case can proceed to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit without discovery or a trial, both of which would have

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CIR files amicus in Illinois union case

November 27, 2013

Together with lead counsel Michael Carvin, CIR today filed an amicus brief in Harris v. Quinn, a case challenging an Illinois statute that requires home healthcare workers to be represented by a union even though the terms of employment are set by statute and not subject to collective bargaining.  The

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Big win: Appeals court enjoins NY campaign law

October 24, 2013

A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted CIR’s motion for a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of New York’s campaign contribution limits on independent campaign committees.  The court found that CIR is likely to prevail on the merits, which is the primary requirement for

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CIR files expedited appeal in campaign finance case

October 18, 2013

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held a hastily scheduled hearing today to consider CIR’s appeal of District Court Judge Paul Crotty’s denial of CIR’s earlier motion for a preliminary injunction barring enforcemeent of New York’s unconstitutional contribution limits on independent campaign committees.  CIR’s client, the New

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CIR files suit challenging New York campaign limits

October 04, 2013

CIR filed suit on behalf of behalf of the New York Progress and Protection PAC (“NYPPP”), an independent election committee that wants to run ads in support of conservative candidates in New York, including Republican candidate Joe Lhota in New York City’s current mayoral campaign. Inexplicably, New York limits “contributions” —

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CIR asks for injunction in union dues case

June 25, 2013

CIR files a motion to enjoin the further collection of agency fees from its ten California teacher clients while their suit challenging the constitutionality of compulsory union dues is pending.  Today’s motion for a preliminary injunction argues that CIR’s clients are entitled to immediate relief because of the ongoing and

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CIR Files Suit to End Mandatory Union Dues

April 29, 2013

CIR filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International, challenging the constitutionality of California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing public school teachers who are not members of

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