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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December 22, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates

Supreme Court Showdown: Carvin Files Opening Brief in King v. Burwell

Michael Carvin, counsel to the petitioners in King v. Burwell, filed his opening brief before the Supreme Court on December 20.  King challenges 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.   On December 22, the Supreme Court announced that it will schedule oral argument in the case on March 4.  Signaling the importance of the case, the ...

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November 18, 2014 by CIR in Case Updates, Friedrichs

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 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.

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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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