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The Real Truth About Abortion, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission, et al.

Case Information

Date Filed: July 30, 2008
State: National
Issue: Campaign Finance
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Case 3:08-cv-00483); U.S. Circuit Court for the 4th Circuit (Case 11-1760 ); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 12-311)


Whether an injunction should be issued regarding the FEC’s policy for implementing the “major purpose” test in federal political committee determinations.


Notice of appeal filed 7/16/11. Opinion Granting DOJ's Motion for Summary Judgment entered 6/16/11. Notice of Supplemental Authority to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 2/9/11.  Response to Notice filed by Federal Election Commission on 2/14/11. Final Order Granting the Department of Justice's FEC's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 6/16/11. Notice of appeal filed 7/16/11. Appellant files Circuit Court brief 9/19/11. Circuit Court oral arguments held 3/21/12. Opinion issued 6/12/12. Formal Mandate issued 8/6/12. Petition for cert filed 9/13/12. Brief in Opposition filed 11/13/12. Reply Brief filed 11/26/12. Order Denying Cert. Petition filed 1/7/13.

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