Case Materials

The Legal Claims Against the ASA

On April 20, 2016, the Louis D. Brandeis Center, along with the law firms of Marcus & Auerbach and Barnes & Thornburg, filed a lawsuit on behalf of four plaintiff members of the American Studies Association (ASA), for an unlawful boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Here you can view the filed legal documents listing our claims

Bronner et al. v. Duggan et al. (Case: 1:16-cv-00740) Memorandum Opinion Confirming the Court’s Subject Matter Jurisdiction
July 5, 2018

Bronner v. Duggan (Case 1:16-cv-00740) -Memorandum Opinion – Granting Plaintiffs’ Amended Motion to Extend Time to Add Parties; Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint
March 6, 2018

Bronner et al. v. Duggan et al. (Case: 1:16-cv-00740) Plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint, March 6, 2018 
March 6, 2018

Bronner v. Duggan (Case 1:16-cv-00740) – Plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint
November 9, 2017

Bronner v. Duggan (Case 1:16-cv-00740) Amended Complaint + Verification
June 23, 2016 

Bronner v. Duggan (Case 1:16-cv-00740) Initial Complaint 
April 20, 2016

Bronner et al v. Duggan et al Order on Motion to Dismiss
March 31, 2017

Op-eds / Press Releases

The ASA lawsuit has received significant national & international media attention. The Brandeis Center’s press releases and several op-eds on the lawsuit can be found below:

“Lawsuit: ASA’s Boycott of Israel Violates Law, Professors sue American Studies Association
LDB Press Release (April 20, 2016)

“Lawsuit Reveals Disturbing Tactics by BDS Supporters,”
The Jerusalem Post, Jesse Fried; Steven Davidoff Solomon (May 30, 2016)

“Are Anti-Israel Boycotts Legal? Doesn’t Look Like It”,
Newsweek, Kenneth L. Marcus (May 19, 2016)

“Professors file lawsuit against academic association for allegedly violating corporate law in Israel boycott”
The Washington Post, Eugene Kontorovich (April 20, 2016)

“Why We Sued the American Studies Association”
The Hill, Op-ed by ASA Plaintiffs Simon Bronner & Michael Rockland ,(May 8, 2016)

“Initial Victory For Plaintiffs in Path-Breaking Lawsuit Against ASA For its Boycott of Israel” 
LDB Press Release (April 3, 2017)

Public Interest Lawsuit Reveals Plot by BDS Activists to Takeover Academic Associations

Amicus Briefs