Supreme Court Grants Union Dues Petition

In an order released today, June 30, the Supreme Court granted the petition filed by Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs asking the Court to review the constitutionality of compulsory union dues.  Today’s action means the case will be briefed and argued this fall, with a decision due by June 30, 2016.

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June 25, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

Supreme Court Saves Obamacare…Again

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court today upheld Obamacare against a challenge to the constitutionality of the IRS’s aggressive re-writing of key terms in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as “Obamacare.” Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kennedy joined the liberal block in voting to uphold the IRS interpretation. In the majority opinion, Roberts wrote that Congress passed Obamacare to “improve health insurance markets, not destroy ...

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June 01, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

Supreme Court Tosses Conviction for Facebook Threat

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court threw out the conviction of Pennsylvania resident Anthony Elonis, who was prosecuted and was serving a prison sentence for posting rap lyrics on his Facebook page that his ex-wife found threatening.  Elonis contended that he didn’t intend to threaten anyone; the lower courts said it didn’t matter what he intended so long as a “reasonable person” would find his postings to be threatening.

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May 08, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

Ninth Circuit Orders Guam Voting Case Forward

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated CIR client Arnold Davis’ lawsuit challenging race-based voting restrictions on a plebiscite concerning Guam’s future political status.  The decision reverses District Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s decision in early 2013 dismissing the lawsuit on standing and ripeness grounds.  Judge Tydingco-Gatewood ruled that since the plebiscite might not occur, Davis could not yet to be said to have suffered ...

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May 01, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

CIR Defends Fair Use of Blog “Headshot” Photo Against Copyright Suit

CIR filed an appeal on behalf of Irina Chevaldina, who was sued by Raanan Katz for her use of a small photo of Katz to accompany a blog post that she published about Katz.  Katz found the photo unflattering and purchased rights to it and then sued Chevaldina for copyright infringement.  CIR is asking the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a lower court decision that Chevaldina’s use of the photo fell ...

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March 02, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

Nine amicus briefs Urge Supreme Court to Review Friedrichs

Nine parties filed amicus or “friend of the court” briefs urging the Supreme Court to grant CIR’s petition to review Friedrichs v. CTA and overturn Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Educ., a 1977 case in which the Court allowed states to require all public employees to pay union dues.  The amicus briefs represent a cross section of individuals and groups, including a bipartisan group of former California public officials, a group of ...

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March 02, 2015 by CIR in Case Updates

Massachusetts Court Upholds Stun Gun Ban

Massachusetts’s highest court upheld Jaime Caetano’s conviction for possession of a stun gun, rejecting her contention that the state’s total ban on stun guns violates the Second Amendment.  The court ruled that stun guns are a modern invention not in common possession in 1789, when the Second Amendment was adopted.  Since the court decided that the Second Amendment does not cover stun guns, it concluded that the Massachusetts legislature could ...

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