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Locke v. Karass (docket #: 07-610) (2009)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Locke v. Karass  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 10/06/2008
Decided 01/21/2009
Supreme Court Vote 9-0
Note In his concurring opinion, Circuit Judge Lynch stated: "A great many resources have been spent thus far on the issue here and elsewhere. Decision of this issue by the Supreme Court would provide needed clarity."
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
 
IssueMay a union, functioning as the exclusive bargaining agent for certain state employees, charge nonmembers for litigation expenses incurred by its national affiliate, if that litigation is substantively related to the bargaining process and is funded through a pooling arrangement?
Majority Opinion Breyer, J.
Concurring Opinion Alito, J. (joined by Roberts, C.J., & Scalia, J.)
Certiorari Granted 02/19/2008
Lower Court 1st Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments Transcript
Briefs
For Petitioner
Certiorari Petition (SCOTUS blog)

For Respondent
Brief in Opposition (SCOTUS blog)

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Opinion - Lower Court
Locke v. Karass (1st Cir., 2007)

Locke v. Karass (Dist. Ct. Maine, 2006) (summary motion order)

News
AP, "Unanimous Court sides with union in legal-fees case " (01-21-09)

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