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January 26, 2019

Weekly litigation report — January 26, 2019

PLF files reply brief to halt discriminatory admissions program in New York Schools Today Pacific Legal Foundation filed this reply  in support of the preliminary injunction motion in Christa McAuliffe PTO v. De Blasio, in which PLF asks the Court to stop De Blasio's discriminatory changes to the admissions process for New York Schools. For ...

October 27, 2018

Weekly litigation update — October 27, 2018

This road to the Supreme Court takes PLF through the U-P This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed its latest Petition for Writ of Certiorari at the Supreme Court of the United States challenging federal agency overreach in Marquette County Road Commission v. EPA. We're taking on the EPA’s 2012 decision to veto a road project ...

October 22, 2016

Weekly litigation report

Individual Rights – Equal Protection. In the long-running saga of Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense and Small Business, a small business is challenging the racial classifications in Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of Equal Protection. That section sets a goal for the feder ...

February 19, 2016

President's weekly report — February 19, 2016

Florida Supreme Court denies government’s attempt to rehear case After we won our tremendous Supreme Court victory in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District in 2013, the Court sent the case back to the Florida courts. There, the district attempted to relitigate parts of the case. After the lower Florida courts rejected this attempt, ...

November 12, 2014

Fifth Circuit denies rehearing en banc in Fisher v. University of Texas

The case of Abigail Fisher may be on its way to the Supreme Court a second time.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied her petition for rehearing en banc. Judge Garza filed a short dissent reiterating the points he made in his panel dissent.  PLF, joined by our friends at the Center for Equal Opportunity, Reason Foundation, ...

October 28, 2014

There's no such thing as "careful" discrimination

PLF friend Jennifer Gratz published an op-ed in the Washington Times today on the Administration’s desire to see racial preferences continue indefinitely.  Here’s a snippet: In today's increasingly pluralistic society, race usually does not — and certainly should not — determine what obstacles individuals have had to overcome or ...

August 14, 2014

The costs of race preferences

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued the latest in a long line of decisions in the case of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Ruling for the University, the Court highlights the supposed benefits of considering race in the admissions process. However, the Court fails to acknowledge the other side of ...

April 15, 2014

It's a "failure" to be white

The latest episode of Idiotic College Administrators, brings us this disgrace from the President of Western Washington University: “If in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university." It seems the President of WWU, Bruce Shepard, bases the success of the university not on graduation rates, job opportun ...

October 22, 2013

Coverage of PLF at the Supreme Court for Schuette

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. for the oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  This is the case that is challenging whether voters have the right to prohibit racial preferences by government.  In 1996, California voters becase the first to adopt such a ban when they passed Proposition 209, and since that time ...

May 08, 2013

The EEOC continues to take a beating in the Kaplan case

A few months back I reported on the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation (Kaplan).  This is the case where Kaplan instituted a policy of running credit checks for applicants to certain positions that have “financial stress.”  Kaplan had never inquired into the race of the applic ...

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