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July 03, 2014

President's weekly report — July 4, 2014

The theme of this week’s legal report is liberty and is dedicated to the writings of Thomas Jefferson Supreme Court filings:  “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”  We filed this amicus brief in Yates v. United States.  In this case, ...

June 21, 2012

Major victory for workers as Supreme Court sides with PLF: unions cannot presume that workers consent to political subsidies

The Supreme Court today issued its decision in Knox v. SEIU, the union fees case in which PLF (joined by Cato, MSLF, and CCJ), filed this amicus brief. The case was about whether the union violated the law by requiring non-members to pay a special assessment to support a political campaign without first issuing the ...

January 26, 2012

Unions and speech: the First Amendment requires opt-in, not opt-out

When it comes to free speech rights, the Supreme Court typically applies the rule of "strict scrutiny," which holds that a government restriction on free speech is presumed unconstitutional, until the government proves otherwise. The reason is that, given the importance of freedom of speech, courts should "not presume acquiescence in the loss of fu ...