Numerous federal laws protect the rights and pocketbooks of individual Americans as we go about our daily lives. When a corporation violates one of these laws, the harm to a single person may be relatively small, but the aggregate financial windfall to the corporation may be quite large, as my own case shows. Without the benefit of class actions, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for individual Americans to vindicate many of our rights and bring an end to corporate wrongdoing.
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Two decades ago, the Nation came together to celebrate the bicentennial of the 1787 Constitution. As the Second Founding turns 150, we should all work to ensure that it receives a celebration that’s worthy of the constitutional achievements of President Lincoln and his generation.
When one looks at Roberts's overall record, it's clear that while John Roberts may not be the most conservative Justice on the current Court, he's nonetheless very conservative. But that probably won't stop Senator Cruz from saying otherwise. Why let the facts get in the way?
So as we celebrate Constitution Week and mark the important events that took place in Philadelphia 228 years ago, we should also remember that the Constitution has many anniversaries. And each of those anniversaries provides an additional reminder of the importance of our Constitution and the values—such as equality and due process under law—that it reflects. Our Constitution would not be what it is today were it not for the many Amendments that have been added since September 17, 1787, so as we set aside this week to honor and celebrate the Constitution, we should be sure to celebrate the entire document, not just the part the Framers signed on September 17.
Legal experts, including ACA opponents like Case Western Reserve law professor Jonathan Adler, have argued that the new and questionable ground broken by Collyer’s decision merits “immediate” appellate review—which the Justice Department has already announced it will seek. If more evidence were needed, Boehner himself provided the clincher the day after the decision. Last Thursday, Politico reported that the speaker “might sue President Barack Obama again,” this time to challenge alleged non-compliance with reporting provisions of the legislation prescribing congressional review of the Iran nuclear agreement.
As none other than conservative Justice Scalia has made clear, when private individuals take public office their personal views must yield to the mandates of the law when acting in a public capacity. If a public official cannot in good conscience do her job for religious reasons or otherwise, then she should resign in protest.
After Obergefell, same-sex couples in Rowan County should have been able to walk into the Clerk's office and come away with a marriage license, without any hassle. Davis's actions have deprived such couples of their constitutional rights. And that's well beyond a hassle, it's a violation of the rule of law.