By Kyle C. Barry AFJ Legislative Counsel UPDATE, August 21, 2014: Prof. Steven Valdeck, who first raised concerns about Judge Bates’ letter, discussed below, has an update. He notes that Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski—a member of the Judicial Conference, the federal judiciary’s policy-making body—has written to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, informing… Read more »
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And so, ever since the Hobby Lobby decision came down just over a month ago, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen about the similarities between Hobby Lobby and forced arbitration. And then things came full circle. Earlier this week, RH Reality Check reported that Hobby Lobby itself has a forced arbitration clause in its employment contract.
As AFJ President Nan Aron said in her statement, the Senate today “righted a historic wrong” with the confirmation of Ronnie White to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The background on Judge White’s prior nomination and the profound injustice of his failed confirmation is explained in AFJ’s full letter of support for Judge White, which is reprinted below.
WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 31, 2014 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released this statement on President Obama’s executive order curbing the use of forced arbitration by companies seeking government contract. The president is scheduled to sign the order this afternoon: We commend President Obama for his executive order barring companies seeking government contracts from… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 28, 2014 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released this statement on the confirmation of Judge Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: Today’s vote is a victory not just for those who live in the states of the Fourth Circuit but for all Americans who… Read more »
The report discussed in this statement is available at: http://bit.ly/WxWhwg In the year since the United States Supreme Court ruled on two marriage equality cases, federal courts in 11 states have struck down laws banning same-sex marriage, according to a new report from Alliance for Justice. Courts in two more states struck down laws prohibiting… Read more »
AFJ in the News
Since Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed Senate rules in November to ease President Barack Obama’s approval of most nominees, Democrats have churned through confirmations of dozens of new judges — giving them lifetime appointments that will extend the administration’s influence for years to come. Over a roughly equivalent period during the 113th Congress, the… Read more »
AFJ Justice Programs Director Michelle Schwartz discusses forced arbitration on Majority Report with Sam Seder.
A three-judge panel consisting of two Republican appointees and one Democratic appointee—mirroring the ideological divide on the full Sixth Circuit bench—heard oral arguments on Wednesday in six cases across four states.
AFJ AUDIO ANALYSIS: This case, which involves workers in Illinois who provide in-home care to disabled individuals, is being watched as a potential for overreach. A decision to strike down mandatory fair share fees could potentially deal a major blow to the ability of unions to bargain on behalf of their workers. Click on the case name to read our analysis, featuring audio excerpts from oral arguments.