The 1989-'92 Freedom First/CLT Fees Challenge
In 1989, Freedom First (of which Chip Ford was then chairman and executive
director) and CLT (of which Barbara Anderson was and is executive director) filed a
constitutional challenge in Suffolk Superior Court against then-Gov. Michael Dukakis' unilateral
fees increases. Three years later, with Gov. William Weld elected to office and the case still
wending its way through the court system, the Weld administration and we plaintiffs
settled out-of-court, with the Weld administration agreeing to reevaluate the fees process
and adjust fees to the cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged.
Some of the most relevant summary documents can be accessed by clicking below.
First/CLT Fees Challenge Documents (1989-92)
Emerson College v. City of Boston
Silva v. City of Fall River (2003)
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