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Legal Briefs

22 Nationally-Renowned Policy Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Hear The Buckeye Institute’s Case Reisman v. AFUM

February 06, 2020

Twenty-two nationally-renowned public policy organizations filed amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court in support of Buckeye’s case Reisman v. AFUM, which calls for an immediate end to laws that force public-sector employees to accept a union’s exclusive representation. The Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Fairness Center, Freedom Foundation, Goldwater Institute, Liberty Justice Center, National Association of Scholars, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Pacific Legal Foundation, and a coalition of 13 policy organizations all filed briefs in support of Professor Reisman.

The Buckeye Institute: Forcing Lawyers to Join State-Sponsored Bar Associations Violates First Amendment

February 05, 2020

On Monday, The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in Jarchow v. State Bar of Wisconsin, which calls on the court to recognize the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of association by ending laws that force lawyers to join state-sponsored bar associations that engage in lobbying on inherently political and ideological issues in order to practice their profession.

The Buckeye Institute Calls on Court to Restore Flexibility, Security, and Choice to Health Insurance Marketplace

January 29, 2020

The Buckeye Institute, along with the Cato Institute and prominent health scholar Michael F. Cannon, filed an amicus brief on Tuesday with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Association for Community Health Plans v. the United States Department of Treasury. In its brief, Buckeye calls on the D.C. Court of Appeals to uphold the restoration of flexibility, security, and consumer choice in the health insurance marketplace.

The Buckeye Institute Files Additional Post-Janus Labor Challenge with U.S. Supreme Court

January 02, 2020

The Buckeye Institute, which filed the first significant post-Janus First Amendment labor-law challenge in the Supreme Court of the United States, on Thursday announced its filing of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in Reisman v. Associated Faculties of the University of Maine (AFUM). The Buckeye Institute represents Professor Reisman, and has repeatedly called for an end to laws that force public-sector employees like him to accept compelled union representation—particularly when the person is not a member of said union.

The Buckeye Institute Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Hold the Government Accountable When It Unjustly Seizes Private Property

December 19, 2019

The Buckeye Institute, along with other prominent national scholars and think tanks, filed an amicus brief on Tuesday in Salgado v. the United States urging the United States Supreme Court to hold the government accountable under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act when it unjustly seizes private property.

The Buckeye Institute Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Reassert Separation of Powers and Avoid Judicial Lawmaking

December 18, 2019

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief on Monday in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the Supreme Court of the United States.  The case raises important questions about the power of the unelected administrative state and the blatantly unconstitutional structure of the CFPB.

The Buckeye Institute in Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: Ever-Growing Administrative State Violates Civil Liberties and Causes Undue Economic Harm

October 07, 2019

On Monday, The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in Ricks v. Idaho Contractors Board calling on the United States Supreme Court to protect citizens’ civil liberties and to strike down laws that create unnecessary impediments to employment. Buckeye argues that the ever-growing maze of bureaucratic regulations and laws, created outside of the legislative process, violates civil liberties and, in Mr. Ricks’ case, cause undue economic harm.

The Buckeye Institute Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Citizens from Unelected Government Bureaucrats’ Attempts to Create New Crimes

October 04, 2019

On Thursday, The Buckeye Institute joined the Due Process Institute in filing an amicus brief in Guedes v. ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) calling on the United States Supreme Court to protect citizens from unelected government bureaucrats effectively redefining what constitutes a crime.

The Buckeye Institute Calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the First Amendment Right of Association

September 25, 2019

The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra calling on the United States Supreme Court to recognize that people have the right to donate to charities and nonprofit organizations without having their own personal information turned over to the government. In filing the brief, Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute, said this case is, “an alarming violation of the First Amendment right of free association and would have a chilling effect on free speech.”

In Amicus Brief, The Buckeye Institute Once Again Calls on U.S. Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Rights of Government Contractors

July 16, 2019

After filing the first post-Janus First Amendment labor law challenge in the United States Supreme Court, The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in support of a related challenge, Miller v. Inslee, that calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize that laws forcing recipients of government benefits to accept union representation are unconstitutional. As it did in its brief in Bierman v. Dayton, Buckeye argues that the lower courts have improperly exempted such “exclusive representation” schemes from scrutiny under the First Amendment.

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