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North Dakota Bar Dues Don’t Violate First Amendment: 8th Circuit

Aug. 18, 2017, 8:12 PM

The North Dakota’s bar’s way of billing members for license fees doesn’t unconstitutionally force members to subsidize the bar’s political activity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit decided Aug. 17 (Fleck v. Wetch, 2017 BL 288120, 8th Cir., No. 16-1564, 8/17/17).

The bar’s procedures give lawyers the choice either to pay or to not pay for activities that aren’t germane to regulating the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services, Judge James B. Loken said in an opinion joined by Judges Steven M. Colloton and Jane Kelly.

The case will be appealed to...

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