Freedom of Speech and Association
Boy Scouts of America v. Wyman (2002)
May Connecticut exact a price for abiding by constitutionally protected principles by excluding the Boy Scouts from a generally available government subsidy unless they surrender their principles and abandon policies that express those principles?
California Democratic Party v. Jones (2000)
Whether Californias Proposition 198, which forces political parties to allow opposition party members to vote in their primaries, violates the First Amendments guarantee of freedom of association.
American Civil Liberties Union v. National Security Agency (2007)
Whether the National Security Agency (NSA) Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) of data mining and warrantless interception of international telephone and email communications of persons within the United States violates the free speech and free association clauses of the First Amendment, privacy rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment, Administrative Procedures Act (APA), Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and exceeds Executive authority under Article II of the United States Constitution.
Vargas v. City of Salinas (2012)
Whether the City of Salinas was illegally involved in the campaign against Measure O. Whether Californias Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) legislation precluded Vargas lawsuit.
Morgan v. Plano Independent School District (2009)
Whether prohibitions on student-initiated discussions and distributions of religious materials during non-instructional school hours constitutes a violation of free speech under the First Amendment.
Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. (2009)
Whether the Federal Communications Commissions liability proceedings against Fox Television for its broadcasting expletives on public television was an arbitrary or capricious exercise of its statutory authority.
Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee (2010)
Whether Congresss prohibition on corporate-funded electioneering communication advertisements naming federal candidates 30 days before a primary or 60 days before a general election violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.
Boy Scouts v. Dale (2000)
Whether the First Amendment prohibits state courts from compelling private organizations to place in leadership positions individuals who, by both word and deed, convey messages that are contrary to the moral messages that the organization itself seeks to convey. Specifically, whether the New Jersey courts violated the Boy Scouts First Amendment right to expressive association by requiring it to accept homosexual scoutmasters under its Law Against Discrimination (LAD).
Harris v. Quinn (2014)
Whether a union requiring a class of home health care workers hired by the disabled person, but paid from state and federal funds to pay union fees despite their abstaining from union membership violates their First Amendment rights of freedom of association, freedom of speech, and to petition the government for redress of grievances, as applied to the states under the Fourteenth Amendment.
SBA List v. Driehaus (2014)
Whether states can proscribe political advertisements from non-profit political advocacy groups if they determine that such advertisements are false.