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CDLS, Surfrider, LOWV of FL et al., Amicus Brief - FRF v. City of Coral Gables

This Amicus Brief in support of the City of Coral Gables fight against polystyrene regulation preemption was filed in Florida’s Third DCA.  Amici include: The Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, the Surfrider Foundation, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Legal Scholars, 1000 Friends of Florida, ReThink Energy Florida, Florida Wildlife Federation, Save the Manatee Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Appellant, Florida Retail Federation initially opposed the filing of this brief, but was overruled by the Court.

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CDLS Amicus Brief - City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio

This Amicus Brief was filed by the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, a group of legal scholars, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association in support of the City of Cleveland as they seek to uphold the ruling that the State of Ohio’s preemption of their local hire law was unconstitutional.

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Florida Carry, et al. v. City of Tallahassee, et al.

Below are the Amicus Briefs filed in support of Mayor Andrew Gillum, his Commissioner colleagues and the City of Tallahassee in the super-preemption lawsuit. The Appellate Court ultimately upheld the Trial Court’s Order in this case, ruling the elected officials and City had done no wrong, but avoided ruling on the Constitutional issue. For additional pleadings in this case send a request to [email protected].

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City of Cleveland v. State of Ohio

These pleadings are from a challenge by the City of Cleveland against the State of Ohio over a bill which preempted local governments from requiring local hiring percentages on contracts.  The City of Cleveland had a long-standing ordinance requiring such, and filed the challenge to declare the State law unconstitutional. The Court ruled in favor of Cleveland and local control.