Month in Review – July 2016

AFLC_Month-in-review_smallBanner (3)Here are the highlights for July 2016:

* From July 12 to July 28, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi was in California working on discovery and other aspects of our case defending the Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach and its owners against a fraudulent lawsuit filed by seven Muslim women who are claiming religious discrimination.  Last month, we countersued the women.  The case has received significant media attention.

* On July 13, we filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment.  Section 230 provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.

* We continue to work with government officials to develop a resolution to our challenge to the HHS mandate following the Zubik decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Our case, Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, was one of the seven consolidated cases before the high court.  This is an important case for all Americans who cherish religious freedom.

* We commenced discovery in the lawsuit filed by CAIR against our clients, Chad and Nicole Neal.  CAIR sued the Neal’s because they wouldn’t allow someone they reasonably believed was a safety threat to fire his weapon at Nicole’s Oklahoma gun range.  The person was a Muslim (and a CAIR board member), and CAIR is claiming that it was unlawful religious discrimination.  Through discovery, we learned that the Muslim went to the range with a recording device, intending to cause trouble.  In other words, this lawsuit was, as we suspected, a complete set up by CAIR.

* We are starting trial preparation in our lawsuit defending our clients’ (CBR and Gregg Cunningham) right to free speech under the California Constitution.  The trial is scheduled to commence later this Fall.

*On July 29, we filed our opposition on behalf of Professor Denise Nussbaum to the defendants’ demurrer (in effect, a motion to dismiss based on the pleadings) and motion to strike certain allegations.  Our client, Professor Nussbaum, is suing Mount San Jacinto College in Riverside, California, and Professor Gary Vargas for substantial damages.  Professor Nussbaum, at the time a tenured full professor and Chair of the Sociology Department, was physically assaulted by Vargas during a heated discussion about Israel.  Professor Vargas had sided with a group of hardcore, anti-Israel activists on campus consisting of faculty and students.  After Professor Nussbaum filed her complaints for assault against Vargas, the College and its administrators circled the wagons and corrupted the investigation in order to protect Vargas.

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