Article from Reason by Damon Root.

1. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31

In the 1977 case of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the Supreme Court said that state governments may compel government workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment, even when those workers are not union members. The Court did so on the grounds that nonmember “free riders” should not be allowed to benefit from a public-sector union’s collective bargaining activities. Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that asks whether Abood should be overruled.

2. United States v. Microsoft Corporation

The Stored Communications Act (SCA) of 1986 contains several provisions designed to safeguard private communications that are held “in electronic storage.” Among them is a requirement that law enforcement officials may only obtain the contents of such communications “pursuant to a warrant.”

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