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Category: It’s Not ‘Legal’ Without ‘ELGL’

“Chalking” Found Unconstitutional by Sixth Circuit

This post is by ELGL member Julie Tappendorf and is reprinted with permission from Ancel Glink’s Municipal Minute blog. In a surprising decision out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the court struck down a City’s practice of “chalking” the tires of parked cars to track how long they have been parked as part … Continued

Court Scrutiny of Anti-Camping Laws

David Warner is a local government and land use attorney with Ancel Glink in Chicago. Oakland, California’s latest attempt to provide temporary housing for homeless residents through its Community Cabin program reflects the growing quandary western cities face as they attempt to comply with federal court decisions requiring communities to do more for the homeless. The program, promoted … Continued

County Official’s Facebook Page a “Public Forum”

This guest blog is by ELGL member Julie Tappendorf and originally appeared on the Municipal Minute blog, which is authored by the attorneys at Ancel Glink. In August of 2017, we reported on a case out of Virginia involving a claim of First Amendment violations against an elected official who had deleted critical posts and blocked a poster … Continued

Supreme Court Ruling on Fair Share Fees

This guest blog is by ELGL member Margaret Kostopulos with the Ancel Glink law firm. As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much anticipated ruling in the Janus v. American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, holding, by a 5-4 majority vote, that it is an unconstitutional infringement on a public employee’s First Amendment rights to … Continued

Supreme Court Ruling on Fair Share Fees

This guest blog is by ELGL member Margaret Kostopulos with the Ancel Glink law firm. As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much anticipated ruling in the Janus v. American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, holding, by a 5-4 majority vote, that it is an unconstitutional infringement on a public employee’s First Amendment rights to … Continued

President’s Blocking of Twitter Users Found Unconstitutional

This post is by ELGL member Julie Tappendorf. Reprinted with permission. Last summer, we reported on the federal lawsuit filed against President Trump by individuals who had been blocked from the President’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. You can read our post here. Last week, the federal district court issued a ruling in this case declaring that the blocking … Continued

Supreme Court Decision Affects Local Governments on Social Media

This blog post is by Dan Bolin and Julie Tappendorf, with the Ancel Glink firm. It’s part of a new blog series titled ELGL Legal: It’s not legal without “ELGL.” Check out Ancel Glink’s Municipal Minute blog for more cases, laws, and other topics of interest to local governments. ELGL members are no strangers to social media. (#CityHallSelfie … Continued

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