Category Archives: Ron Fein

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 »

End-of-summer Reflection: Money, Politics, Corporations, and the Constitution

It’s been a busy summer for those of us fighting in the courts against constitutional challenges by big money interests and corporations seeking to strike down laws on everything from campaign contribution limits to the minimum wage. We’ve seen some important victories and we have been reminded there’s still work to be done. More »

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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Hotel & Lodging Association, which is challenging Los Angeles’s new living wage law for hotel workers, has voluntarily withdrawn 9 of the 10 claims in its complaint.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 »

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Ron Fein: Don’t Let The Koch Brothers Be Kingmakers

In a piece posted today on The Blaze, Ron Fein responds to Charles Koch’s recent warning that “America is done for” if conservative mega-donors don’t rally in 2016. Fein argues that the “cure that Mr. Koch proposes is worse than the disease.”
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Tim Danahey Show Interviews Ron Fein On Corporate Personhood In IFA v. Seattle

On Thursday, July 30, Ron Fein joined the Tim Danahey radio show to discuss our amicus brief in the case, International Franchise Association v. Seattle. In this interview, Fein discusses the era of corporate personhood, the Fourteenth Amendment, and how the International Franchise Association is claiming access and protection by this amendment. Stream the interview after the jump. More »

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