Public Citizen in the Supreme Court

Public Citizen attorneys were involved in several cases before the current Supreme Court term (July 2017-June 2018), including these cases:

To be heard next fall, the Court has granted the petition in a case in which Public Citizen attorneys are co-counsel for the respondent:

Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela

On whether the court of appeals erred in construing the arbitration agreement at issue in this case to authorize class arbitration, among other issues.

Public Citizen prepared the respondent’s brief in opposition.

Nat’l Institute of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra

On whether the disclosures required by the California Reproductive FACT Act violate the protections set forth in the free speech clause of the First Amendment, applicable to the states through the 14th Amendment.

Public Citizen filed an amicus brief in support of the respondent.

Gill v. Whitford

On whether partisan-gerrymandering claims are justiciable, among other issues.

Public Citizen joined an amicus brief in support of the respondents.

Ohio v. American Express

On whether, under the “rule of reason,” the government’s showing that American Express' anti-steering provisions stifle price competition on the merchant side of the credit-card platform suffices to prove anti-competitive effects and thereby shifts to American Express the burden of establishing any pro-competitive benefits from the provisions.

Public Citizen joined an amicus brief in support of the petitioners.

Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31

On whether Abood v. Detroit Board of Education should be overruled and public-sector “agency shop” arrangements invalidated under the First Amendment.

Public Citizen filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents.