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

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 dues. From the beginning, Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs have argued that the only court that has the authority to grant ...

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November 07, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

Obamacare Round Two: Court to Hear Subsidies Challenge

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear King v. Burwell, a case challenging the Obama Administration’s claim that it may subsidize the cost of individual healthcare policies even in states that have not created state healthcare exchanges.  King is one of two cases in which CIR filed an amicus brief on behalf of several members of Congress arguing that the law creating Obamacare was clear: subsidies are available for individuals ...

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November 03, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

This Fall’s Big Political Spending by Unions — Paid with Dues

This fall’s campaign provided further evidence of the ongoing harm to the free speech rights of CIR client Rebecca Friedrichs, her fellow plaintiffs, and thousands of other public employees.  The unions spent big on behalf of Democratic party candidates and causes — nothing unusual about that. What is news is the extent to which the defendant unions in Friedrichs v. CTA went to hide the aggressively partisan nature of their expenditures.

As related in ...

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November 10, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

Friedrichs Case in the News!

Rebecca Friedrichs, one of ten California teachers suing to end compulsory union dues, appeared on two Fox News programs to explain what's at stake for teachers in Friedrichs v. CTA:

Fox & Friends on Sunday, November 9: watch here

Varney & Co. with Stuart Varney on Monday, November 10 at 11:45 am EST: watch here

On Wednesday, November 12th, CIR's Terry Pell spoke with Bill Bennett about the case:

William Bennett's Morning in America: Listen here:

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October 09, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Goes After Obama “Operation Choke Point”

CIR filed an amicus curiae brief in Community Financial Services Association of America v. FDIC, a suit brought by a group of payday lenders challenging “Operation Choke Point,” a broad investigation of banks and payment processors that do business with businesses deemed “undesirable” by Obama regulators, such as gun dealers, pawn shops, check cashers, charities, and payday lenders.

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August 29, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Urges Court to Recognize Right to Bear Non-Lethal Arms

On behalf of the group Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment (AWARE), a non-profit dedicated to training women in self-defense, CIR, along with appellate lawyer and AWARE board member Lisa J. Steele and UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in Commonwealth v. Caetano.  Jaime Caetano was convicted of possessing a stun gun in violation of Massachusetts’s blanket ban on civilian stun gun possession.  She carried the stun ...

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August 22, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Targets Feds’ “Threatening” Speech Law

Today CIR filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the case Elonis v. United States. The petitioner, Anthony Elonis, is appealing his federal conviction for posting rap lyrics on his Facebook page that his ex-wife had found threatening.  Elonis was convicted under a federal statute that makes it a crime to communicate “any threat to injure the person of another.”  He was sentenced to 44 months.

Elonis adopted the name of a ...

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