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Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court during arguments in the union fees case “Janus v. AFSCME” on Feb. 26. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June striking down union “fair share” fees has energized a new attack on mandatory bar association dues.

Two Oregon lawyers filed a federal lawsuit that relies on the high court’s 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME to mount a First Amendment challenge to mandatory bar dues. In Janus, the conservative majority overruled 41-year-old precedent that upheld fees paid by nonunion members for their share of collective bargaining costs.

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