December 6, 2017
Today, the Finney Law Firm and attorney Christopher P. Finney filed an Amicus Brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of case of Janus v. AFSCME. The brief was co-authored with attorney Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, which was also the named client for whom the brief was filed.
The question presented before the Court in Janus is defined in the briefs as:
Should Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977) be overruled and public sector agency fee arrangements declared unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
From our perspective, this is one of the most important cases before the Court this term. Should the Plaintiff Mark Janus be successful the case will outlaw mandatory agency fees paid to public employee unions as unconstitutional “compelled speech” or a compelled subsidy of political speech. The benefits from a Janus victory will impact hundreds of thousands of public employees nationally.
You may read the 1851 Center brief here.