FAC Litigation

Coalition LitigationFAC’s Strategic Litigation–

The Coalition conducts a program of strategic litigation. Instead of waiting for cases to come to us, we initiate “test case” lawsuits to resolve key legal issues in a way that maximizes chances for a favorable outcome, with potentially far-reaching effects. These cases are filed in FAC’s own name, occasionally as a co-plaintiff with another party whose presence strengthens the suit. (We do not, for a variety of reasons) represent other parties. Also, FAC weighs in on issues in already-filed cases through the submission of amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs. Depending on time constraints, we also enlist other organizations and interested parties to join FAC in amicus briefs.

Law Firms working with FACLaw Firms–

In virtually all these matters, we are extremely fortunate to be represented by some of the best law firms in the country on a pro bono basis. Although in some cases the firms can expect to be paid (by the government agency opposing us) if we prevail, in some cases they will go unpaid even if we win, and in all cases the firms take the considerable risk that they could get nothing–other than the good karma that comes from battling for freedom of speech and the people’s right to know. Among the law firms to which we are truly grateful and indebted for their representation of FAC in pro bono cases:

Sheppard Mullin (SF, LA and Palo Alto offices)
Davis Wright Tremaine (SF and LA offices)
Jenner & Block (DC office)
King & Spalding (DC office)
Holme Roberts & Owen (SF office)
Keker & Van Nest
Ram & Olson
Bostwick & Jassy
Gibson Dunn (LA office)