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STATEMENT : PLF lauds Ricci Supreme Court ruling

June 29, 2009 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

PLF lauds Ricci ruling, which can help PLF's current lawsuits against San Francisco and Caltrans public-works contracting quotas  The Supreme Court ruled Monday that New Haven, CT. violated federal civil rights law when it scrapped the results of a firefighters promotional exam because the top scorers did not meet the city's pre ...

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Philadelphia : The good and the bad

July 15, 2009 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Author: Joshua Thompson The Philadelphia Inquirer published an excellent editorial Sunday.  I stumbled upon the article after it was re-printed in the Sacramento Bee today.  Granted, any editorial that quotes from Federalist 62 is bound to be one of my favorites, but, it's also great to hear The Inquirer ask Suprem ...

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From the desk of the President : PLF’s weekly litigation roundup

June 15, 2012 | By ROB RIVETT

It’s been a busy week here at PLF! Here’s a quick highlight of this week’s developments: Property Rights – California Coastal Commission We had this unpublished victory this week in Bay Island Club v. California Coastal Commission.  Members of the Bay Island Club own homes on a small island off Newport Beach.  A  1927 deed & ...

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Fighting to restore Title VII — Shea v. Kerry

March 11, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an historic piece of legislation.  The statute  prohibits racial discrimination in employment:  The text of Title VII is explicit: It shall be unlawful to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his … ...

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Bringing sanity back to Title VII

August 08, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

This morning PLF filed this Reply Brief in Shea v. Kerry, a case where we are representing Foreign Service officer William Shea in his fight against the US Department of State.  When William Shea was hired by the State Department in the early 1990s, they had a program that placed minority individuals in advanced  positions by virtue of their ...

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New York Court Hears Firefighters' Title VII Case

January 08, 2015 | By MERIEM L. HUBBARD

On Tuesday the New York Court of Appeals–New York’s highest court–heard argument in Margerum v. City of Buffalo, a case brought by white firefighters who were not promoted because of their race. The City of Buffalo allowed the fire department’s promotional eligibility lists to expire, because the next applicants in line fo ...

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Certiorari denied in Shea v. Kerry

April 18, 2016 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

The Supreme Court denied certiorari this morning in Shea v. Kerry, PLF’s case challenging the Department of State’s race-based hiring practice. This is a disappointing end to a very important case. … ...