Court tells prime contractor: Discriminate, or don’t bid

The Seventh Circuit issued a decision this week that basically tells prime contractors this: If you don’t want to discriminate against subcontractors on the basis of race and sex, then don’t bid on public contracts. The case is Dunnet Bay … Continue reading

Fifth Circuit’s Texas voter ID opinion is a mixed bag

Yesterday, a Fifth Circuit panel issued its opinion in the controversial Texas voter ID case. The case involves challenges under the Voting Rights Act as well as the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Twenty-Fourth Amendments. Particularly at issue was whether Texas’ effort … Continue reading

Los Angeles court redefines discrimination under Proposition 209

In early May, the Los Angeles Court of Appeal issued a decision in Cesar Baez v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System.  The decision is, for the most part, unremarkable.  But there is one controversial section that, contrary to existing case law, severely limits protections adopted by the voters in Proposition 209 in … Continue reading

New PLF podcast on Fisher

Last week the Supreme Court decided to hear Abigail Fisher’s case against the University of Texas for a second time. Ms. Fisher is challenging the University’s decision to reject her application for admission to the University in part because she … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 3, 2015

Supreme Court to hear teachers’ union politicking case The Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear  Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case filed by the Center for Individual Rights.  Presently, all public school teachers must contribute their “fair share” to a teachers’ union … Continue reading

More on disparate impact and the Fair Housing Act

The Washington Examiner published my opinion-editorial yesterday on the Supreme Court’s disappointing decision in Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.  Last week, the Court held that the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Title VIII of the … Continue reading

Supreme Court agrees to review Univ of Texas racial preferences – again

It has been a long road for Abigail Fisher, but she will have her day once again in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Two years ago the Court rightly ruled that tax-supported universities don’t deserve the benefit of the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 26, 2015

The physical invasion of the raisin snatchers — a property rights victory at the Supreme Court  In a week marked by several major Supreme Court decisions that were quite disappointing to advocates of limited government and the rule of law, there was one … Continue reading

The lingering constitutional problem with disparate impact

Today the Court held that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (our earlier blog post on the case is here). The Court came to this conclusion as a matter of statutory interpretation, but didn’t say much … Continue reading