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Elster v. City of Seattle, Washington

Petition for certiorari denied on March 30, 2020
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-608 Wash. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Issues: (1) Whether a levy that forces property owners to fund other individuals’ campaign donations implicates the First Amendment’s compelled-subsidy doctrine; and (2) whether a compelled subsidy of speech should be examined under rational-basis review, as the decision below concluded, or whether a higher standard of review is appropriate.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 24 2019Application (19A345) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from October 9, 2019 to November 8, 2019, submitted to Justice Kagan.
Sep 26 2019Application (19A345) granted by Justice Kagan extending the time to file until November 8, 2019.
Nov 07 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due December 12, 2019)
Nov 18 2019Blanket Consent filed by Petitioners, Mark Elster, et al.
Nov 20 2019Waiver of City of Seattle, Washington of right to respond not accepted for filing. (November 26, 2019)
Nov 20 2019Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, City of Seattle, Washington.
Nov 26 2019Waiver of right of respondent City of Seattle, Washington to respond filed.
Dec 04 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/10/2020.
Dec 10 2019Response Requested. (Due January 9, 2020)
Dec 12 2019Brief amicus curiae of Goldwater Institute filed.
Dec 16 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response from January 9, 2020 to February 10, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Dec 18 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including February 10, 2020.
Jan 09 2020Brief amici curiae of American Association of Christian Schools, et al filed.
Jan 09 2020Brief amicus curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.
Feb 10 2020Brief of respondent City of Seattle, Washington in opposition filed.
Feb 21 2020Reply of petitioners Mark Elster, et al. filed.
Feb 26 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/20/2020.
Mar 18 2020Rescheduled.
Mar 23 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/27/2020.
Mar 30 2020Petition DENIED.