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July 14, 2018

Weekly litigation report — July 14, 2018

PLF gets into a Santa suit to fight for free speech This week, PLF filed a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Ecology for kicking Santa out of their public lobby because they didn't like him spreading Christmas cheer. We're representing Freedom Foundation, a right-to-work think tank that sends canvassers out to state agencies every ...

July 11, 2018

Public sector unions and gifts of public funds

On June 27, the Supreme Court held in Janus v. AFSCME that workers’ First Amendment rights prohibit states from authorizing public sector unions to take money from non-members without the workers’ express and clear consent. In response, some advocates suggest that states could avoid the First Amendment issue by simply allocating tax dol ...

December 02, 2017

Weekly litigation report—December 2, 2017

Motion for summary judgment to be filed in Minerva Dairy, PLF testifies before Congress on WOTUS, and the California Supreme Court upholds compulsory interest arbitration for agricultural employers. ...

September 28, 2017

Compulsory union subsidies on the chopping block

The First Amendment protects the right to speak and associate as well as the right to refrain from speaking and associating. Today the Supreme Court decided to hear the First Amendment case – Janus v. AFSCME – that will determine whether non-union public employees must continue to subsidize the very unions they do not want ...

September 02, 2017

Weekly litigation report — September 2, 2017

This week's topics: Can the executive branch be the judicial branch? When is "just compensation" unjust? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? ...

June 06, 2017

The First Amendment protects speech that contradicts unions' policy preferences

This week PLF filed its opening brief in the Ninth Circuit in Associated Builders and Contractors-California Cooperation Committee v. Becerra, which challenges a California law that threatens to cut funding to speech contrary to unions’ policy preferences. The lawsuit targets SB 954, which changed the way employers can distribute money under ...

February 27, 2017

Supreme Court won’t consider exclusive representation laws . . . for now

The Supreme Court often prefers that issues "percolate" in the lower courts for some time so that Circuit court and state supreme court judges have an opportunity to address all facets and implications of the arguments prior to high court review. It ensures that the arguments and theories in cases granted by the Supreme Court ...

December 10, 2016

Weekly litigation report — December 10, 2016

PLF supports freedom to work Overcriminalization and environmental law Good decision in California endangered species case Union trespass onto private property Shorelines and the public trust Department of Labor shenanigans challenge Take home liability PLF supports freedom to work Today we filed this brief in Twist Architecture v. Oregon Bd. of Ar ...

September 13, 2016

Arizona Supreme Court: Taxpayers must subsidize public employee union lobbyists

More than two years after oral argument, a majority of the Arizona Supreme Court today sided with Phoenix unions to require taxpayers to pay for union lobbyists ostensibly employed by the police department.  The court split 3-2 in the case, Cheatham v. DiCiccio. Justice Clint Bolick—former Goldwater Institute counsel for the plaintiffs, William ...

April 12, 2016

Arizona Supreme Court to decide if taxpayers must pay the salaries of union employees

The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the police officers' union, negotiated a contract whereby the city pays full salary and overtime for six full-time and 35 part-time employees who report to the union, and do the union's work, including lobbying. This is called "release time." The union benefitted to the ...

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