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Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Husted

Case Information

Date Filed: September 25, 2013
State: Ohio
Issue: Ballot Access
Current Court: United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Case 14-03030)

Issue:

Issue 1:

Does Secretary Husted's enforcement of residency requirements for circulators of candidates' nominating petitions  violate the First Amendment?

Issue 2:

Does Secretary Husted's enforcement of residency requirements for circulators of candidates' nominating petitions, as applied,  violate the First Amendment?

Status:

Complaint file 9/25/13. Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 9/26/13. Motion for Intervention by State of Ohio filed 10/3/13. Opinion and Order granting preliminary injunction filed 11/14/13. Motion to Intervene by Hart et al filed 11/27/13. Husted's answer filed 11/29/13. Ohio's answer filed 11/29/13. Intervenors' motion for TRO and preliminary injunction filed 12/3/13. Opinion and Order granting preliminary injunction filed 1/7/14. Husted Answer and Affirmative Defenses filed 1/9/14. Ohio Answer and Affirmative Defenses filed 1/9/14. Notice of Appeal from Order Granting Preliminary Injunction filed 1/10/14. Appeal Dismissed on 2/21/14. Plaintiff's Amended Complaint filed on 3/7/14. Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction filed 3/7/14. Defendant's Notice of Related Case in Ohio Supreme Court filed 3/11/14. Defendant's Opposition to Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction filed 3/11/14. Order denying Plaintiffs' Motion for TRO filed on 3/19/14. Plaintiffs' Notice of Appeal as to Order denying Motion for TRO filed 3/19/14. Order denying Motion to Stay filed 3/20/14. Motion for Emergency Injunction and Expedited Appeal filed 3/20/14. Order denying Emergency Injunction and granting Expedited Appeal filed 3/21/14. Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint filed 3/26/14.  Appellant Brief filed 3/30/14. Husted and State of Ohio's Answer to Amended Complaint filed 4/9/14. Libertarian Party's Reply Brief filed 4/13/14.  Oral Argument set for 4/22/14. Opinion and Order Affirming District Court filed 5/1/14. Motion for Stay filed 5/1/14. Order Denying Stay filed 5/1/14. Order denying Stay Request filed 5/1/14. Order denying rebanc hearing filed 6/4/14. Mandate filed 6/12/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Production from Secretary filed 7/8/14. Order granting Motion to Compel filed 7/11/14. Defendants' Objection to Order filed 7/18/14. Order overruling objection to Magistrate's opinion, granting plaintiff's motion to compel, and denying motion for protective order filed 7/24/14. Order denying Motion to Compel filed 7/31/14. Order granting Motion to Compel filed 8/12/14. Intervenor Plaintiffs Motion for Summary Judgment filed 8/15/14. Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorney Fees filed 8/18/14. Plaintiffs' Motion to Quash Subpoenas Duces Tecum filed 8/24/14. Intervenor-Defendant's Response to Plaintiff's Motion for Protective Order filed 8/29/14. Plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint filed 9/11/14. Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 9/17/14.

District Court Documents

Court of Appeals Documents

Court of Appeals Documents (as to denial of TRO)

 

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