This civil rights class action seeks immediate injunctive and declaratory relief to redress and prevent the deprivation of Plaintiff Lautenbaugh’s rights, and the rights of the class members he seeks to represent, against compelled speech and compelled association protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution by practices and policies of Defendants acting under color of state law.
Specifically, those rights have been violated by Defendants’ imposition of mandatory dues as a condition of membership to the Nebraska State Bar Association, which is a prerequisite to the ability to practice law in the State of Nebraska. A portion of these mandatory dues, however, are used to fund political, ideological, and other non-germane activities (“non-chargeable activities”) which Plaintiff Lautenbaugh and other class members do not support. Defendants fail to provide constitutionally required procedural protections to safeguard Plaintiff’s and other class members’ constitutional rights. Plaintiff therefore seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to abate and correct Defendants’ unconstitutional actions.
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