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Suit to Limit Use of Teacher Union Dues for Political Purposes Is Tossed

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit that, if successful, would have hindered the ability of teachers unions to raise money to engage in political activity.

The suit, Bain vs. California Teachers Assn., was filed in April by four teachers with support from the group StudentsFirst and a legal team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Both the group and law firm have been involved in other attempts to change the legal landscape involving teachers’ rights and union influence.

In this case, the teachers involved were fighting for the right to belong to their local union without their dues being used against their will for political causes.