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Freelance journalists sue over California’s new contracting law

American Society of Journalists and Authors v. Becerra

In an effort to regulate the employment status of independent contractors, California passed a law forcing companies in the state to reclassify most freelancers as employees. Under AB 5, freelance journalists and photographers must cap their submissions at 35 per year, per publisher. Anything greater, and they become employees, losing their profess ...

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January 29, 2020

Victory for Hartford families fighting schools’ racial discrimination

Hartford, Connecticut; January 29, 2020: In direct response to a federal constitutional lawsuit, this month the State of Connecticut announced an end to the race-based quota at Hartford's world-class magnet schools. The quota unfairly — and illegally — denied black and Hispanic children access to these schools and was the target of a lawsuit f ...

January 29, 2020

Soccer fan scores free-speech victory; DMV says previously rejected license plate is now OK

Los Angeles; January 28, 2020: Today, Jonathan Kotler's battle with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) came to a close after the DMV agreed to settle his lawsuit challenging its arbitrary censorship of personal speech. The DMV will issue his personalized license plate, which the agency now says is not offensive after all. Mr. ...

January 16, 2020

Hollister Ranch owners sue to challenge unconstitutional provisions of new coastal access law

Hollister Ranch, California; January 16, 2020: Hollister Ranch owners filed a federal lawsuit today, challenging unconstitutional provisions of a new law that gives state officials the right to search private coastal property without permission or warrant, punishes owners who speak or act to protect constitutional rights, and ultimately threatens  ...

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February 10, 2020

The Hill: Mandatory ‘woman quotas’ undermine Justice Ginsburg’s fight for equality

In the opening scene of the documentary "RBG," Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously quotes abolitionist-feminist Sarah Grimke. "I ask no favor for my sex," she says. "All I ask of my brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." Sadly, this view of equality is falling out of vogue.  To some ...

February 10, 2020

The Gainesville Sun: ‘Rights of nature’ would erode rights of individuals

Alachua County environmental activists seek to do something never successfully done in American law: They want to give the Santa Fe River a "right of nature" to sue anyone that injures it. If that sounds crazy, you're not alone: No American court has recognized the "rights" of natural resources to sue. If the activists succeed, ...

February 06, 2020

The Hill: Speeding up environmental reviews is good for the economy and the environment

In 2011, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum urging federal agencies to "take steps to expedite permitting and review," including "setting clear schedules for completing steps in the environmental review and permitting process." Such bureaucratic delays, Obama explained, interfered with the "engine of job creation and economic growth." ...

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