Litigation We're Watching

Last Updated 07/2021

Americans for Prosperity v. Becerra, Sup. Ct. Docket No. 19-251 and Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra, Sup. Ct. Docket No. 19-255, cases consolidated (see Docket No. 19-251 for updates). US Supreme Court ruled that California’s law requiring disclosure of donors to nonprofit organizations violates the First Amendment.

Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee (DNC v. Hobbs), Sup. Ct. Docket No. 19-1257. US Supreme Court upheld Arizona laws prohibiting ballot harvesting and invalidating ballots cast outside of the voter’s correct precinct.

Ted Cruz for Senate, et al. v. FEC (D.D.C. 1:19-cv-00908). On June 3, 2021, a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that section 304 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), which limits the repayment of candidate loans, is unconstitutional. California’s Political Reform Act has a similar loan limit which may be impacted by the final ruling when this case fully resolves.

de la Torre v. City of Santa Monica (filed March 3, 2021 in Los Angeles County Superior Court). Councilmember filed suit against City of Santa Monica, alleging other council members wrongly voted to exclude Councilman de la Torre from decisions relating to an existing voting rights case against the City in which Councilman de la Torre’s wife is a plaintiff.

The NRF Project Owner LLC v. City of Oceanside (San Diego County Superior Court, Case No. 37-2020-00025295-CU-MC-CTL) Superior Court ruled May 6, 2021 that provision of the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (SB 330) that prohibits local governments from enacting “a development policy, standard, or condition that would [i]mpos[e] a moratorium or similar restriction or limitation on housing development” operates to prohibit referendums of zoning code amendments.