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Illinois GOP Sues Gov. Pritzker Over Ban on Large Gatherings

Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker challenges Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The lawsuit highlights the arbitrary nature of the Executive Order as some groups can gather while other groups face restrictions. The lawsuit petitions the court to allow...

GOP sues Pritzker seeking exemption from 10-person limit

Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker challenges Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The lawsuit highlights the arbitrary nature of the Executive Order as some groups can gather while other groups face restrictions. The lawsuit petitions the court to allow...

State GOP: Ban on political gatherings violates free speech

Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker challenges Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The lawsuit highlights the arbitrary nature of the Executive Order as some groups can gather while other groups face restrictions. The lawsuit petitions the court to allow...

Illinois GOP Sue Over State’s Ten-Person Gathering Cap

Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker challenges Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker’s ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The lawsuit highlights the arbitrary nature of the Executive Order as some groups can gather while other groups face restrictions. The lawsuit petitions the court to allow...

Reporter sues Pritzker in federal court to gain access to news briefings

Veteran Chicago journalist Amy Jacobson and the news station she reports for, Salem Media, filed a federal lawsuit against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker after he announced Jacobson was no longer allowed at his media briefings. The lawsuit, Salem Media of Illinois, LLC v. Pritzker, was...

AP: Tennessee Voucher Program Continues to be Blocked

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee won’t be able to implement a contentious school voucher program while the state continues to fight back constitutional challenges over the law that would allow parents to use public tax dollars on private school tuition, according to a ruling issued...

WSJ: Wisconsin Governor Urges Social Distancing After Court Blocks Statewide Lockdown

Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Legislature filed suit in April to temporarily block the lockdown. Agreeing with lawmakers, the divided court decided to strike down the order entirely, calling it well-intentioned but faultily executed. Wednesday’s ruling in Wisconsin follows other recent, more limited, court decisions reining in the...

WVLT 8: In Reversal, Lee Says State No Longer Implementing Vouchers

Defendants who have intervened in the lawsuits include voucher advocates, such as the Liberty Justice Center, the Institute for Justice and the Beacon Center of Tennessee – who also are representing parents in favor of the ESA program. All parties involved in the legal battle...

Nashville Post: Cities, State Dig In Over Vouchers

Shelby and Davidson counties’ effort to overturn Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account program continued Wednesday as a Nashville judge considered various requests to rule or dismiss the lawsuit. Under the law passed last year by the Republican-led House and Senate, qualifying students in Nashville...

Ballotpedia.org: Federal Judge Strikes Down New Jersey Donor Disclosure Law

On March 11, Judge Brian R. Martinotti, of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, signed orders permanently barring New Jersey from enforcing a state law requiring select nonprofits to disclose identifying information about their donors. Multiple organizations challenged the law...

The Center Square: Alaska Workers Sue State, Union Over Alleged Janus Violation

(The Center Square) – Two state employees filed a federal lawsuit against the Alaska State Employees Association/AFSCME Local 52 and Kelly Tshibaka, in her official capacity as Commissioner of Administration for the state of Alaska, alleging they violated the provisions established by the Supreme Court Janus...

Must Read Alaska: State Workers Sue Union over Forced Union Dues

Two Alaska state employees filed a lawsuit against the State of Alaska and the Alaska State Employees Association today for forcing them to pay union dues against their will. According to the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling, union dues cannot be deducted from state employees’ paychecks...

SCOTUSblog: Wednesday Round-Up

At The Hill (via How Appealing), Harper Neidig reports that Mark Janus, “[a]n anti-union advocate who won a landmark Supreme Court case two years ago[,] is now asking the court to order a public sector labor group to pay back the union dues that it...

Law 360: Union Foe Janus Wants High Court Return in Fee Dispute

The ex-Illinois state worker who persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to let public-sector workers refuse to fund their unions urged the high court Monday to review a ruling that his union doesn’t have to return the possibly millions of dollars in fees it collected over...

Patch: Judge Pledges To Move Swiftly On TN Education Voucher Lawsuit

A Nashville judge promised Friday to move expeditiously in the widening court battle over Tennessee’s new education savings account law as the state works to launch the program for the upcoming school year. Chancellor Anne C. Martin also indicated that she likely will allow three...

WVLT 8: Judge: School Choice Advocates Can Intervene in Voucher Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Friday agreed to allow school choice advocates to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state’s school voucher program. That means the Liberty Justice Center, the Institute for Justice and the Beacon Center of Tennessee...

National Review: Coming for the lawyers

(Feb. 20, 2020) Charles Dickens recited a familiar complaint about lawyers in Bleak House when he wrote, “The one great principle of the English law is to make business for itself.”

CBS Local 21: Lawsuit – Pennsylvania workers forced to pay union dues

This article first appeared September 6, 2019 on local21news.com. HARRISBURG, Pa. — A class-action lawsuit filed in Harrisburg federal court is seeking as much as $1 million for Pennsylvania social service employees. The worker at the center of this lawsuit is a York County woman named...

Fox News: Special ed teacher suing to leave California union

May 7 — A California educator is battling a state teachers’ union over his problems leaving the organization, in what his attorneys say could be a precedent-setting legal case that ultimately forces labor unions across the country to reimburse billions in back dues to their members. Tommy Few, a special...

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania is hub for post-Janus lawsuits

Shalea Oliver had been trying to leave her union for more than a year when she found a website offering help. It had a template resignation letter that she could send to her union, SEIU Local 668, and a form to fill out if the letter wasn’t effective, which...

Albuquerque Journal: Janus supports New Mexico workers’ right to work

February 22 — The state House late Friday approved a bill that would bar counties in New Mexico from enforcing local “right-to-work” ordinances. The proposal, House Bill 85, now heads to the Senate for consideration. Democratic Reps. Daymon Ely of Corrales and Andrea Romero of Santa...

Daily Herald: Illinois school employee sues for refund of union dues

February 12 — Citing a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision from last summer, a Palatine Township Elementary District 15 diesel mechanic is suing his former union and the district for a refund of dues he says he paid unwillingly. Erich Mandel, a Palatine resident, contends...

Fox News: LJC threatens litigation in 11 states defying the Janus ruling

September 11, 2018 — Despite the landmark Supreme Court ruling this summer barring public-sector unions from requiring nonmembers to pay so-called agency fees, workers in several states say unions are either flat-out ignoring the decision or establishing a frustrating maze of procedural roadblocks to avoid...

The Salem News: LJC sends “cease and desist” letters to four states

BOSTON — A conservative group is threatening to sue state and local officials if they don’t stop collecting union dues and agency fees from workers’ paychecks. In letters to Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and other officials, the Chicago-based...

Portland Tribune: LJC notifies states they’re violating the Janus decision

August 28, 2018 — The Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center asserts that public employers are required to obtain written affirmation from union members that they wish to continue paying union dues. The law firm that represented the plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned mandatory...

The Oregonian: Janus lawyers threaten lawsuit over union dues in Oregon

(August 28, 2018) An Illinois legal nonprofit has sent cease and desist letters to state and local  officials threatening to sue the state of Oregon, the City of Portland and Portland Public Schools if they don’t stop collecting union dues and agency fees from workers’ paychecks. The Liberty Justice...

Fox Business: Mark Janus on Supreme Court ruling

Jun. 27, 2018 Janus v. AFSCME plaintiff Mark Janus and attorney Jacob Huebert appeared on Fox Business News to discuss the Supreme Court ruling on public sector unions. Watch the latest video at foxbusiness.com

Chicago Tribune: How AFSCME’s demands invited the Janus case

June 25, 2018 — Kristen McQueary, Tribune Editorial Board It’s fitting that Mark Janus, the plaintiff behind a highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week, works for Illinois government. The union he sued is particularly influential in politics and policy here — with perilous outcomes...

WSJ: Union Activity Ramps Up in Advance of Supreme Court Decision

As organized labor braces for a Supreme Court ruling that could make it easy for public-sector workers to stop paying some dues, unions across the country are reaching out to hundreds of thousands of members to persuade them to keep paying dues. The Service Employees International Union...

Teacher: Agency fees are 100 percent political — and unions know it

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case involving “agency fees” that unions impose on workers who aren’t members to cover union activities with the exception of political action. Since the oral arguments took place, most news outlets, court watchers and even...

Journal Courier: IC alum central in Supreme Court case

To Illinois College alum Mark Janus, who is at the center of a history-making Supreme Court case, it’s about standing up for what he believes is right. It’s that belief that resulted in his fight against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...

CNN: Supreme Court Adds Union Fee Case to Blockbuster Docket

Sept. 28, 2017 Washington (CNN) – A week before the Supreme Court is set to begin the new term, justices announced Thursday that they are adding a big public sector union fees case to an already blockbuster docket. The issue concerns something that deeply divided...

New York Times: Unions Come Into the Justices’ Cross Hairs, Again

June 12, 2017 Last year, the Supreme Court seemed poised to deal a sharp blow to public sector unions. Then Justice Antonin Scalia died and the court deadlocked, granting the unions a reprieve. It may not last long. Last week, a new case raising the same legal question arrived at the...

AP: New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split

June 6, 2017 WASHINGTON – Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court. A First Amendment clash over public sector unions left the justices deadlocked last year after the...

AP: Judge: Cannabis Companies Can Make Campaign Contributions

Mar. 31, 2017 Illinois’ medical marijuana companies, operating in an industry abounding with rules, now have one less regulation they have to follow. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2optGrA) reports that a federal judge ruled last week that a provision preventing cannabis companies from making campaign contributions...

Fox News Channel: Right-to-work court case could have national impact on unions

Feb. 10, 2017 A landmark right-to-work lawsuit playing out in Illinois has captured widespread attention amid expectations the case could land before the Supreme Court – and potentially have national implications for an estimated 20 million government workers. Pat Hughes, who’s representing the three plaintiffs...

CBS Chicago: Chicago Sued for Prohibiting Ads in Uber, Lyft Cars

Feb. 2, 2017 CHICAGO (CBS) — The City of Chicago is being sued for prohibiting advertising in ridesharing vehicles, such as those from Uber or Lyft. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of Vugo, a company that wants to put...

Chicago Tribune: City sued for banning ads in ride-share vehicles

Feb. 2, 2017 A Minneapolis technology company has sued the city of Chicago for banning advertising inside the private cars used by Uber, Lyft and other ride-share company drivers. Vugo, founded in 2015 and looking to expand its digital advertising business to ride-sharing vehicles here, filed a federal lawsuit...

Fox Chicago: Lawsuit blasts new Airbnb regulations

Nov. 15, 2016 FOX 32 NEWS – A lawsuit has been filed to stop a new ordinance that would put stricter regulations on people who share their homes through sites like Airbnb. The ordinance is set to take effect in just a few weeks, but this...

AP: Same-Day Voter Registration at Issue in Illinois Lawsuit

Sept. 4, 2016 CHICAGO (AP) — A federal lawsuit has raised questions about whether Illinois’ new Election Day voter registration rules are constitutional, a situation that could complicate how polling sites are run this November. Illinois tested same-day registration in the 2014 governor’s race, with...

Chicago Tribune: Evanston opens door to outside food trucks

June 16, 2016 Food trucks from outside of Evanston can now peddle their gourmet sandwiches, pastries, coffee and other foods within the city’s borders, thanks to an ordinance change approved by the Evanston City Council on Monday, lifting a restriction that had been place since 2010. Evanston...

Chicago Tribune op-ed: Why I don’t want to pay union dues

by Mark Janus Jan. 5, 2016 As a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, my job is to fight for the little ones. Sometimes when parents aren’t together anymore, kids get caught in the crossfire. These scars can last...

State Journal-Register: Lawsuit filed over SEIU representation

A new federal lawsuit has been filed saying that child care providers and home caregivers are having their First Amendment rights violated by being forced into a labor union. The lawsuit, filed by the Liberty Justice Center and the National Right to Work Legal Defense...

Illinois Radio Network: Home Care Workers Sue State, Union

Six home care workers are suing the state and the union which currently represents them. Representation is the problem, as the suit argues designating the Service Employees International Union as the “exclusive representative” for child care providers and caregivers violates their First Amendment rights. http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=196011#.WEZC18MrJE6

Chicago Tribune: In-home care workers sue state, union

After a significant victory before the U.S. Supreme Court last year, an anti-union organization has stepped up its battle against organized labor in Illinois. A handful of in-home care workers represented by the National Right to Work Legal Foundation on Tuesday sued state officials for...

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Caregivers sue to block union bond

Six caregivers filed a lawsuit today accusing the state of Illinois of trampling on their First Amendment rights by requiring them to accept union representation against their will. The state is violating their rights to free association and to petition the government by granting a...

Chicago Tonight: Analyzing Rauner’s Executive Order

Jacob Huebert was featured on Chicago Tonight on WTTW to discuss Gov. Rauner’s executive order giving freedom from mandatory union dues and union membership to Illinois workers. During the segment, Jacob discussed how the Governor’s action represents a significant step forward for Illinois’ economy and...

My Suburban Life: Looking Back at Downers Grove’s Biggest Stories in 2014

Dec. 29, 2014 What happened: The village is enforcing a new sign ordinance after a nine-year grace period. The ordinance only allows business signs to face driveable right-of-ways, like roads, and not train tracks, like the Metra/BNSF line. The ordinance also doesn’t allow painted wall signs...

Grub Street: Doughnuts Fight City Hall — in Evanston

Aug. 9, 2012 Evanston has generally seemed more hospitable to food trucks than Chicago— Evanston’s HummingBird Kitchen was the one truck that could run around actually cooking on board before the passage of the new Chicago food truck ordinance. But Evanston has its own quirky...

Chicago Tribune: Food truck owners sue for right to sell in Evanston

Aug. 8, 2012 James Nuccio and Gabriel Wiesen want to sell gourmet doughnuts and coffee from their colorful food truck on the streets of Evanston. But a 2010 ordinance only allows businesses that have “bricks and mortar” restaurants in Evanston to venture onto city streets...

NBC 5: Evanston Law Spurs Food Fight

Aug. 7, 2012 Mobile restaurant owners have hit a road block in Evanston. Instead of putting on the breaks, two mobile food truck owners are heading full force into a political food fight as the Liberty Justice Center, a public interest litigation center, sues the...

Crain’s Chicago Business: New challenge filed to post-Blago campaign cash law

July 25, 2012 Another legal challenge has been filed to Illinois’ post-Blagojevich campaign-finance law, this one alleging that the law unfairly discriminates in favor of “party bosses.” In an action filed in U.S. District Court here this morning, Liberty Justice Center, a conservative/libertarian legal group...