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September 23, 2020

Courts should give relief to those hurt by illegal agency actions

Collins v. Mnuchin

After the mortgage crisis in the early 2000s, Congress created the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to regulate federal home loans. The FHFA is headed by a single director, who serves for a period of five years and cannot be removed by the President except for cause. Exercising its vast powers, the FHFA adopted a regulation that prevented the ...

September 02, 2020

Nominal damages ensure more than symbolic vindication of constitutional rights

Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

In Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, the Supreme Court will decide whether the government can moot a civil rights case by rescinding its unconstitutional policy after being sued, even though the plaintiff seeks nominal damages for a past, completed constitutional injury—in this case, a college student's First Amendment right to speak freely on campus. Th ...

July 08, 2020

California Can’t Arbitrarily Force People to Be Employees

Olson v. State of California

If the fundamental change in California's labor market wasn't bad enough, the legislature also exempted many groups of workers and professionals, seemingly at random. In PLF's friend-of-the-court brief, we argue that the Ninth Circuit should reverse a district court decision denying a preliminary injunction sought by a group of Uber and Postmates d ...

April 21, 2020

Ending discrimination against Asian-Americans at Harvard

Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard

Can Harvard University discriminate against Asian American applicants in its admissions process? Federal civil rights law requires Harvard, which accepts federal funding, to comply with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet, last October, a federal district court held that Harvard's admissions process ...

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