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Corporations Continue to Claim Constitutional Rights in Seattle Living Wage Case

This Tuesday, lawyers argued before a federal appeals court panel in Seattle, to contend whether the city’s new minimum wage violates the equal protection rights of franchised business corporations. Free Speech For People filed an amicus brief in support of the city, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause protects people, not corporations, and in particular that living wages were a central concern of the Fourteenth Amendment’s drafters. Our local counsel in Seattle, Harry Williams, attended the oral argument and submits this report. More »

Free Speech For People and Public Good Law Center File Amicus Brief in Support of Vermont Consumers’ Right to Know What’s in Their Food

On Monday, Free Speech For People and the Public Good Law Center filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, defending a Vermont law (Act 120) that requires food sold in Vermont and produced with genetic engineering to be labeled “produced with genetic engineering.” More »

U.S. Court of Appeals Reaches Decision in National Association of Manufacturers v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Today, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion holding that publicly-traded corporations have a First Amendment right to hide whether their products contain conflict minerals from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. (See here for background on the case and our amicus brief.)
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Corporate Constitutional Litigation Beats A Hasty Retreat In Los Angeles

The American Hotel & Lodging Association, which is challenging Los Angeles’s new living wage law for hotel workers, has voluntarily withdrawn 9 of the 10 claims in its complaint. This came just three weeks after Free Speech For People (along with co-signers Courage Campaign, Equal Justice Society and Western Center on Law and Poverty) filed an amicus brief in support of the City of Los Angeles. More »