AG Derek Schmidt: Lawsuit challenging Israel boycott statute dismissed, new statute to enter into force

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TOPEKA – (June 29, 2018) – A federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Kansas statute that prohibited the state from entering into certain contracts with individuals and companies that boycott Israel has been dismissed, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The federal lawsuit, filed in 2017 by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Kansas plaintiff, argued that the Kansas law violated the plaintiff’s civil rights. The plaintiff obtained a preliminary injunction blocking the state law from entering into force. Schmidt’s office provided the legal defense of the state law, which in part involved working with the Legislature earlier this year to amend the statute so it was narrower in scope and more focused on its...

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AG Derek Schmidt: Lawsuit challenging Israel boycott statute dismissed, new statute to enter into force

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