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Janus Amicus Brief: American Center for Law & Justice

Published December 13th, 2017 -

The American Center for Law and Justice, a religiously oriented free speech advocacy organization, filed an amicus brief in Janus critiquing Professor Sachs Agency Fees and the First Amendment, 131 Harv. L. Rev. (forthcoming Feb. 2018) (summarized here).  Nota... More »

Janus Amicus Brief: Charles Fried & Robert Post

Published December 12th, 2017 -

Last week, First Amendment scholars Professors Charles Fried and Robert Post filed this amicus brief in Janus in support of neither party. On the one hand, Fried and Post worry that First Amendment “doctrines would be substantially undermined were this C... More »

United States’ Amicus Brief in Janus

Published December 7th, 2017 -

The United States filed an amicus brief last night in Janus v. AFSCME asking the Supreme Court to overrule Abood and to hold that public sector agency fee agreements are unconstitutional.  This represents a change in the federal government’s position sin... More »

Petitioner’s Brief Filed in Janus

Published December 1st, 2017 -

Earlier this week, the petitioner in Janus v. AFSCME filed this opening brief, which asks the Court to overrule Abood and to declare public sector agency fee agreements unconstitutional.  The thrust of the argument is that “Abood is offensive to the Firs... More »

Janus and Gerrymandering

Published October 6th, 2017 -

Two cases before the Supreme Court this Term will determine the extent to which political parties can entrench themselves in office.  The most obvious of these cases is Gill v. Whitford, which involves the constitutional permissibility of partisan gerrymanderi... More »

Janus, Agency Fees and the First Amendment

Published October 5th, 2017 -

In light of the Court’s grant of cert. in Janus v. AFSCME, I’m posting my new draft article on the subject. The article, Agency Fees and the First Amendment, 131 Harv. L. Rev. (forthcoming Feb. 2018), makes two related arguments, both of which aim ... More »

Janus and the Private Sector

Published September 29th, 2017 -

Maddy’s excellent wrap-up of yesterday’s Janus news includes a clip from Slate’s piece “Solidarity’s End.”  There, Mark Joseph Stern provides a very useful synopsis of agency fees law, but he also suggests that a Janus decis... More »

Coverage on Janus Cert. Grant

Published September 29th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court decided yesterday to hear Janus v. AFSCME.  The Court seems poised to hold that agency-fee agreements for public sector workers are unconstitutional.  Since the order, reports and commentaries have analyzed Janus‘s threat to public sect... More »

Supreme Court Grants cert in Janus

Published September 28th, 2017 -

The Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME and revisit the constitutional status of agency fee agreements in the public sector.  We will provide extensive coverage of the case over the coming months. More »

Friedrichs Rehearing Petition Denied

Published June 28th, 2016 -

Months after reaching a 4-4 tie in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the Supreme Court has denied the petitioners’ request for a rehearing. The Court waited until its final conference of the Term to vote on the petition, after postponing its decis... More »

Friedrichs Opinion

Published March 29th, 2016 -

In case you missed it, the Supreme Court has handed down a 4-4 affirmance of the lower court’s opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The Court’s 1977 opinion in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education thus remains good law, and publ... More »

Justice Scalia and Friedrichs

Published February 14th, 2016 -

With yesterday’s news of Justice Scalia’s unexpected passing, the consensus seems to be that the Supreme Court will reach a split 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. In such an occurrence, the Ninth Circuit’s decision below — which u... More »