Compelled union dues are compelled speech

The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Harris v. Quinn, an important compelled-speech case. This case challenges Illinois’ classification as “state employees” of all home health-care workers that receive reimbursements from the government’s Medicaid program. As a … Continue reading

A defeat for free speech in California

In Beeman v. TDI Managed Care Services, the Ninth Circuit certified to the California Supreme Court the question of whether a statute requiring prescription drug claims processors to compile and summarize information on pharmacy fees for the purpose of distributing … Continue reading

Public employee “collective bargaining” = lobbying

In Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of an Illinois executive order and law that declares all personal home assistants to be public employees, for the sole purpose of being represented by a collective bargaining unit … Continue reading

I left my speech rights when I entered San Francisco

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera has decided that Monster energy drinks are bad for you.  He’s also decided that Monster has to broadcast that message to its consumers. Mere months after ending its battle with cell phone purveyors, the … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 8, 2012

Environment and Property Rights — Wetlands In response to our lawsuit, the Army Corps of Engineers withdrew its wetlands jurisdictional determination in Smith v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Smiths were thanked by the Corps for all the … Continue reading

Score one for the First Amendment

The Ninth Circuit quietly but firmly slapped down a San Francisco ordinance that would require cell phone stores to distribute a “fact sheet” to customers, requiring the disclosure of an alarmist and misleading message about the safety of cell phones, … Continue reading