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Hearing this week in Connerly v. Schwarzenegger

June 29, 2010 | By PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

Author: Joshua Thompson On Friday, July 2, I will be in the Sacramento Superior Court arguing the case of Connerly v. Schwarzenegger.   Pacific Legal Foundation is representing Ward Connerly and the American Civil Rights Foundation in their challenge regarding the constitutionality of various public contracting statutes.  This cas ...

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Milwaukee's guarantee of inequality

June 12, 2012 | By RALPH KASARDA

Last month the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin filed an important lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee over the City’s new public contracting program.  In short, the City’s program, spelled out in City Ordinance 370, violates the Equal Protection Clause by requiring contracting officials and prime contractors to discriminat ...

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How the Supreme Court launched the disparity study industry

January 29, 2014 | By RALPH KASARDA

This last Sunday the Wall Street Journal published an excellent article written by Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity, and John Sullivan of Croson Legal Services.  The article marks the 25th anniversary of an important Supreme Court decision in City of Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co. In Croson, the Supreme Court held that … ...

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Disparity studies get no respect

December 01, 2015 | By RALPH KASARDA

It turns out few people trust consulting firms that conduct disparity studies.  According to an article in the New York Daily News, New York City recently entered into a contract with consulting firm MGT of America to conduct a disparity study.  The firm is to determine whether the city gave out fewer contracts by percentage … ...

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California can’t stifle open-shop speech just because it doesn’t like the content

February 24, 2017 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Today we filed our notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Associated Builders & Contractors of California Cooperation Committee (ABC-CCC).  ABC-CCC is an organization that advocates on behalf of the “open-shop” industry—that is, on behalf of entities who do not require their employees to join a union.  Last year, Cal ...

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PLF and CEO model brief on racial contracting preferences

November 07, 2017 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

About seven years ago, then PLF attorney Sharon Browne co-drafted a model brief with Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity. The model brief is intended to be used by attorneys looking to challenge government policies that require race-based contracting preferences. … ...