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Armstrong v. Kadas Documents 12-28-15

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Ethan W. Blevins

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Ethan Blevins joined PLF’s Pacific Northwest office in August 2014. He litigates cases involving the First Amendment, property rights, school choice, and the separation of powers. Ethan began his trek … ›

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Joshua P. Thompson

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Joshua Thompson joined Pacific Legal Foundation in August 2007. He primarily litigates cases involving equality under the law, economic liberty, school choice, and coastal land rights. Joshua was raised in … ›

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report — November 12, 2016

  • School choice in Montana
  • Discrimination in government contracting
  • Waters of the United States

School choice in Montana

We filed this reply brief in Armstrong v Kadas, our challenge to the Montana Department of Revenue’s attempt to undercut a voter initiative to establish tax credits to be used to help parents send their children to schools of the parent’s choice After the Department adopted a regulation to eliminate all parochial schools from the program, we sued

Discrimination in government contracting (more…)

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report — September 2, 2016

  • School choice in Montana
  • Endangered species — gnatcatcher petition rejected
  • Tort reform and warning overreach
  • POTUS’s WOTUS to the SCOTUS

School choice in Montana

We filed our opening brief in Armstrong v Kadas in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals In this case we are challenging the decision by the Montana Department of Revenue not to certify any schools with a religious affiliation for that state’s school choice voucher system The District Court thought that because there was an unrelated suit pending in state court, it could not hear our case But, as our brief points out, when religious discrimination is alleged to violate the First Amendment, federal

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By Ethan W. Blevins

Federal courts and the duty to decide

supremecourtimageSometimes federal courts will dodge the Constitution rather than defend it That happened with our constitutional challenge to Montana’s discriminatory school regulations Yesterday, in Armstrong v Kadas, we filed a brief asking the Ninth Circuit to remind the district court of its duty to exercise its jurisdiction–especially over constitutional cases (more…)

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