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Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2018

Published November 8th, 2018 -

In its first opinion of the term, the Supreme Court unanimously (8-0) ruled in favor of the employees in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, holding that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to all public employers regardless of employee he... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — October 6–7, 2018

Published October 7th, 2018 -

On Saturday afternoon, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 50-48 vote is among the closest in history, and the tenor of battles over Kavanaugh’s fitness revealed and further rived a divided a country.  Much c... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — October 1, 2018

Published October 1st, 2018 -

On the cusp of an ideological majority for the first time in over half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term today, again – like in 2016 – with an 8-Justice lineup.  While the fate of the current nominee is uncertain, the Court is slated for wh... More »

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Janus and the Problem with Alleging Lochnerism

Published May 4th, 2018 -

Janus, the Court’s case about public sector agency fees that will be decided this term, is a case that could be framed in two ways. On the one hand, Janus is a case about compelled political speech: the government, by imposing agency fees as a condition of emp... More »

Will the Court Consider the Facts in Janus?

Published February 28th, 2018 -

Mark Janus’s lawyers are desperate to have the Court decide Janus v. AFSCME without considering any facts.  Janus is an Illinois state employee, who is represented by AFSCME Council 31.  Like all other employees in his bargaining unit, he is required to pay fa... More »

Coverage After the Janus Oral Argument

Published February 28th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on Monday in Janus.  Analyses report that, as expected, there were pointed questions for AFSCME and Illinois by Justices Alito and Kennedy; the four liberal justices took every opportunity to highlight the potential effect... More »

Janus Oral Argument Transcript

Published February 26th, 2018 -

The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of this morning’s oral argument in Janus.  Notably, Justice Gorsuch, expected to be the deciding vote, did not speak during the argument.  We’ll have more coverage of the oral argument later this week. More »

Today’s News & Commentary — February 23, 2018

Published February 23rd, 2018 -

In advance of Monday’s oral argument in Janus, Bloomberg and the New York Times consider what might become of public sector unions if Abood is overruled. In These Times has a long feature on the advocacy groups who are funding not only Janus but also oth... More »

Janus Should Lose, and the Justices Know It

Published January 31st, 2018 -

Most of the coverage of Janus v. AFSCME, like this recent piece in USA Today, simply (and perhaps correctly) assumes that the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court will use the case to overturn Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the 1977 case uphol... More »

Janus Amicus: Economists & Law Professors

Published January 30th, 2018 -

A group of over two dozen economists and law and economics professors filed an amicus in Janus in support of the respondents.  The brief argues that “decades if not centuries of economic theory and empirical evidence” establish that many who pay ag... More »

Janus Amicus: Labor & Employment Law Professors

Published January 29th, 2018 -

Several leading professors of labor and employment law have filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents in Janus.  The brief, authored by Samuel Estreicher, was filed by Cynthia Estlund, Estreicher, Julius Getman, William Gould, Michael Harper, and The... More »