|William J. Olson P.C.
Files 75th Supreme Court Amicus Brief
|On August 13, 2014, our firm had the privilege of filing its 75th amicus curiae brief
in the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Rudy v. Lee.
In addition, we have made 12 other filings in the U.S. Supreme Court (for a total of 87 filings),
such as: Petition for Certiorari, Jurisdictional Statement, Appellants' Brief, Reply Brief, and Brief for Intervenor-Respondents.
In addition to statutory issues, these briefs have addressed a wide variety of
Article I Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article I Section 2 (Census, Apportionment Clause)
Article I Section 4 (Time, Places and Manners of Elections)
Article I Section 6 (Speech & Debate Clause)
Article I Section 8 (Commerce Clause, Naturalization Clause, General Welfare Clause, Necessary & Proper Clause)
Article II Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article II Section 2 (Invasion)
Article II (Appointments Clause, Commander-in-Chief)
Article III, Section 2 (Case and Controversy, Standing, Political Question)
Article III Section 1 (Judicial Power)
Article IV Section IV (Republican Form of Government, Invasion)Article VI (Preemption)
First Amendment (Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press,
Right to Assemble, Right to Petition Government)
Fifth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection Component)
Fourteenth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection, Privileges & Immunities)
Other briefs have addressed important statutory issues (U.N. Participation Act, Gun Control Act,
National Firearms Act, Firearms Owners Protection Act, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Federal Election Campaign Act, etc.).
Our first Supreme Court filing was October 16, 1981, supporting the legality of President Reagan's
action against striking air traffic controllers. Of course, we have also filed many other briefs in various U.S. District Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, State Supreme
Courts, etc. All of these filings since the late 1990's and some earlier briefs are available on this website, and we are working to post the older filings as well.
|William J. Olson, P.C., Attorneys At Law
Order Granting TSCL Motion in Part in FOIA Case Seeking Documents on US/Mexico Totalization Agreement (October 30, 2013)
On October 30, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the disclosure of certain records relating to the U.S./Mexico Social Security Toatalization Agreement that we have been seeking for our client, The Senior Citizens League. Here is the Order and the Opinion.
A story about this decision appeared in Courthouse News Service entitled "Mexican Social Security Deal Files Face Release" on November 1, 2013. http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/01/62575.htm
GOF v. ATF, Plaintiff's Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Open America Stay in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (April 1, 2013)
Today our firm filed Plaintiff's Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Open America Stay in the case of Gun Owners Foundation v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on behalf of plaintiff Gun Owners Foundation in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
GOF v. ATF, Plaintiff's Reply to Defendant's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (August 14, 2012)
GOF v. ATF, Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (July 24, 2012)
Today our firm filed Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings in the case of Gun Owners Foundation v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on behalf of plaintiff Gun Owners Foundation in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. We filed the motion because the Government failed to respond to GOF's FOIA request for 15 months, until this suit was filed, and then admitted it had asserted no specific exemptions.
Along with the motion for partial judgment, we also filed a Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings and a
Gun Owners Foundation Files Suit to Obtain ATF Fast & Furious Records (June 6, 2011)
On June 6, 2012, on behalf of Gun Owners Foundation, our firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit stemmed from an April, 2011 Freedom of Information Act request in which GOF sought records pertaining to the infamous “Fast and Furious” and program where ATF federal agents deliberately and incomprehensibly put firearms directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
ATF’s response to our request was much the same as its response to Congressman Darrel Issa and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is currently holding hearings into the agency's activities. ATF at first refused to even acknowledge receiving GOF’s request, and then failed to respond substantively for well over a year, all the while claiming that a response would be forthcoming.
The complaint asks the district court for injunctive relief to order ATF to produce relevant, non exempt documents documents that ATF has already acknowledged that it possesses, but will not give to GOF.
Exhibit 1, the April 2011 Freedom of Information Act request, is available here.
Exhibit 2, the June 2011 ATF response to the FOIA request, is available here.
Sergeant Gary A. Stein v. Colonel C.S. Dowling, et al., Additional Pleadings Filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California (April 6, 2012)
Sergeant Gary A. Stein v. Colonel C.S. Dowling, et al., Complaint and Motion for Temporary Restraining Order in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California (April 3, 2012)
Today our firm joined with other co-counsel to file the following documents in the case of Sergeant Gary A. Stein v. Colonel C.S. Dowling, et al. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California on behalf of plaintiff Sergeant Gary A. Stein:
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
Plaintiff Stein's Ex Parte Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, and Order to Show Cause Why a Preliminary Injunction Should Not Issue
Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order
Declaration of Sergeant Gary A. Stein in Support of Plaintiff's Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
This is a case about protecting a U.S. Marine against unconstitutional discharge in retaliation for protected speech. Sergeant Gary Stein has served with honor in the Marine Corps for almost nine years, yet he faces the imminent prospect of unfairly expedited proceedings to give him an “Other Than Honorable” discharge, with all its attendant stigma, solely because he has exercised his First Amendment right to speak on matters of public concern in ways that his superiors do not approve, particularly a Facebook page. The temporary restraining order was requested to stop and enjoin defendants from proceeding with administrative separation proceedings on April 5, 2012.
An order denying plaintiff's motion for temporary restraining order without prejudice was issued on April 4, 2012 by the district court judge.
We are working in this case as co-counsel with
Gary Kreep and Nathan Oleson of the U.S. Justice Foundation
Mark Brewer of Brewer & Pritchard,
Stewart Rhodes of Oath Keepers, and
David Loy of the San Diego ACLU.
"Surprising Coalition of Free Speech Advocates Join to Protect Marine’s Rights" (San Diego ACLU article disscusing the Stein case)
FED Transmits Document Ordered Disclosed by District Judge Huvelle in FOIA Lawsuit (February 18, 2011)
Today, our firm received the April 1997 minutes of a private meeting of the G-10 Gold and Foreign Exchange Committee. The significance of this document is discussed by our client GATA here -- http://www.gata.org/node/9624.
Documents Filed in Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc.'s Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit (September 27, 2010)
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc.'s Freedom of Information Act Complaints Filed (December 30, 2009)
On December 30, 2009, we filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, also known as the Federal Reserve Board, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaints arise from requests for records made by Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, Inc. ("GATA") beginning in 2007 relating to “gold swaps.”
Listen to more information about this lawsuit from a GATA roundtable on kingworldnews.com.
Watch a video about GATA as Al Korelin of Korelin Economics Report speaks with GATA Board of Directors at the Cambridge House Vancouver Resource Investment Conference on January 17-18, 2010.
Social Security Totalization Agreement: TSCL's Freedom of Information Act Complaints Filed (June 29, 2006)
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