Friedrichs Petitioners File Final cert Brief — Await Supreme Court Action

April 14, 2015

Ten California school teachers and the Christian Educators Association International filed their final brief urging the Supreme Court to take Friedrichs v. CTA in order to overturn the Court’s 1976 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The petitioners are challenging the constitutionality of state laws that require the

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Supreme Court Petition Filed in Union Dues Case

January 26, 2015

Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues, is one step closer to the Supreme Court.  On January 26, Michael Carvin, lead counsel in the case, filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court.  The petition asks the Court to take the case and rule that

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Ninth Circuit Grants Friedrichs’ Motion: Next Stop — Supreme Court

November 18, 2014

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting the plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Affirmance on the Pleadings. That means Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs are now free to petition the Supreme Court for review of their challenge to compulsory union

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Carvin Submits Motion for Summary Affirmance

October 03, 2014

Lead counsel Michael Carvin submitted a Motion for Summary Affirmance on the Pleadings, asking the Ninth Circuit to promptly rule against Friedrichs so the case can move quickly to the Supreme Court.

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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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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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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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