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Abdur-Rahman v. Walker

The Eleventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of former county water inspectors' 42 U.S.C. §1983 and First Amendment claims against their employer for unlawfully firing them. The inspectors alleged they were fired in retaliation for...

Wong v. Bush

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that the U.S. Coast Guard (Coast Guard) did not violate appellants' First Amendment rights or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it established safety zones insulating a...

United States v. Adams

The Ninth Circuit upheld an individual's misdemeanor conviction for using National Forest System land in a gathering of over 75 other persons without a special-use permit. The conviction did not violate his First Amendment rights...

Kuba v. 1-A Agricultural Ass'n

The Ninth Circuit held that an agricultural association's First Amendment Expression Policy, which prohibits individuals from demonstrating outside its rodeo and circus arena except in designated "free expression zones" that are located...

National Elec. Mfrs. Ass'n v. Sorrell

The court vacates a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of a Vermont labeling statute as it applies to manufacturers of mercury-containing light bulbs. The court first holds that the lamp manufacturing association challenging the...

United States v. Kalb

The court upholds the conviction of three individuals that organized a 20,000-person event in the Allegheny National Forest without obtaining a special permit in violation of U.S. Forest Service (the Service) regulations. The court...

United States v. Linick

The court reverses a district court decision that held unconstitutional a regulation that allowed the U.S. Forest Service to attach any terms and conditions protective of the public interest to a special use permit for National Forest...

Sanjour v. EPA

The court holds that an Office of Government Ethics' (OGE's) regulation allowing federal employees to accept reimbursement for expenses incurred in giving "official" speeches, but not "unofficial" speeches, is valid on its face under...