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Reuters on Harris v. Quinn Argument

Published January 21st, 2014 -

Amanda Becker at Reuters has a careful and good review of today’s argument in Harris v. Quinn.  She concludes: The U.S. Supreme Court seemed unlikely on Tuesday to embrace a sweeping argument advanced by a group of Illinois state employees that paying mandator... More »

Harris v. Quinn: The Context of First Amendment Claims

Published January 20th, 2014 -

In its First Amendment jurisprudence, the Supreme Court has long taken the view that the nature of the relationship between government and citizens varies across contexts.  And the Court has repeatedly held that as the nature of this relationship varies so doe... More »

Is Abood in Trouble?

Published January 19th, 2014 -

That question is the title of Lyle Denniston’s preview of Harris v. Quinn at SCOTUSblog.  After reviewing the history of the case, Denniston explains how it “has mushroomed, since the Court granted it, into a major test of the continuing validity of the Abood ... More »

Q & A on Harris v. Quinn

Published January 6th, 2014 -

Here (with apologies for the conversational style) is a Q & A on Harris v. Quinn that I did with Salon’s excellent labor reporter, Josh Eidelson. The interview focuses on the potential implications of Harris, but Eidelson also asked an interesting qu... More »

Labor Law Profs File Amicus in Harris v. Quinn

Published December 30th, 2013 -

Here is the amicus brief filed in Harris v. Quinn on behalf of Respondents by a group of labor law professors (and authored by Charlotte Garden and Matthew Bodie).  The brief makes a number of arguments, among them the following (from the Summary): I. Unlike i... More »