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Supreme Court Decides Davenport Case

June 14, 2007

On June 14, 2007, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Davenport v. Washington Education Association, 127 S. Ct. 2372 (2007), reversing the Washington Supreme Court’s holding striking down a state campaign finance law that restricted unions’ use of funds derived from agency shop fees. 

Notwithstanding the petitioners’ 9-0 win in the High Court, the big losers appeared to be the “right to work” organizations, which had hoped the Court would use the case to roll back 50 years of agency fee jurisprudence and did not hide their disappointment at the Court’s clear reaffirmation of existing law.  Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC, represented the Washington Education Association before the Supreme Court.