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A Downers Grove police vehicle. A federal judge ruled the western suburb’s enforcement of its anti-panhandling ordinance violated the free-speech rights of two homeless men. – Flickr photo/inventorchris via CC-BY-NC 2.0

Downers Grove violated panhandlers’ rights

Downers Grove police violated the First Amendment rights of two men experiencing homelessness by repeatedly citing them for soliciting money from motorists, a federal judge ruled.

Alleys want to knock down order

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus haven’t been spared by legal challenges.

Arbitrator to decide Postmates couriers’ job claims

A dispute between the food-delivery platform Postmates and couriers who allege they are misclassified as independent contractors will not make a stop in court before going to arbitration.

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Recusal not justified from article

Forced to join the state bar association in order to practice law when he moved to Wisconsin, Schuyler File sued in Milwaukee alleging the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s mandatory membership rule violated his First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. Assigned to Judge Lynn Adelman, the lawsuit was based on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018) (overruling Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977)), which Adelman mentioned in his controversial critique of the high court — The Roberts Court’s Assault on Democracy, 14 Harvard Law & Policy Review 131 (2019).

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