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Freelancers Want Ninth Circuit to Take Up A.B. 5 Challenge

April 17, 2020, 9:49 PM

Freelance journalists and photographers in California want the Ninth Circuit to overturn a judge’s order denying their attempt to block enforcement of a worker classification law they argue restricts freedom of speech.

A lawsuit brought by the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Press Photographers Association previously asked a federal court to block enforcement of Assembly Bill 5 against freelancers. A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on March 20 granted state Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion to dismiss and denied the groups’ bid for a preliminary injunction against the ...