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  • October 24, 2017    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    California Trade Schools

    Lawsuit Challenges California Law Criminalizing Teaching Trade Skills

    Earlier this year, Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, opened his mailbox to find a notice from the state of California threatening to shut him down. The notice said that Bob was violating state law by admitting students to his horseshoeing school who hadn’t first graduated from high school or passed an…

  • October 3, 2017    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Florida Diet Coaching

    Florida Health Coach Threatened with Jail and Big Fines for Merely Offering Dietary Advice

    Do adults have the right to talk to other adults about what to buy at the grocery store? That’s the question raised by a federal lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice on behalf of Florida-based health coach Heather Kokesch Del Castillo. In 2014, Heather left an unfulfilling career to found Constitution Nutrition, a business…

  • September 13, 2017    |   Private Property

    Eagle Pass Civil Forfeiture

    Federal Agents Seized A Man’s Truck Over Five Forgotten Bullets. They Said He was Transporting “Munitions of War.” Now, After Having to Wait Two Years, He Is Suing To Get Back His Truck.

    Customs and Border Protection seized Gerardo Serrano’s truck—and held it over twenty-three months—because it claimed that five bullets made him an international arms smuggler.

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