Louisiana Florists (new challenge)

Chauvin v. Strain
Freeing Louisiana Florists: Licensing Law is Blooming Nonsense

 

IJ client and owner of Mitch's Flowers, Monique Chauvin.

Download the PDF: Blooming Nonsense: Experiment Reveals Louisiana's Florist Licensing Scheme as Pointless and Anti-Competitive

Until four Louisiana florists teamed with the Institute for Justice to file a lawsuit, Louisiana was the only state in the nation that required would-be entrepreneurs to pass a licensing exam before they could create and sell floral arrangements.  Only a few months after filing a civil rights lawsuit, Chauvin v. Strain, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Louisiana Horticulture Commission to have Louisiana’s anti-entrepreneur, anti-competitive, and anti-consumer florist licensing scheme declared unconstitutional, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law that pruned back the most arbitrary and subjective aspects of the licensing scheme.

The new law ensures that petty bureaucrats no longer have the power to arbitrarily choose who may or may not become a florist.  Among our sacred rights as American citizens is the ability to earn a living in the occupation of our choice free from arbitrary or unreasonable government interference.  By presuming to determine who is good enough to work in a harmless occupation like floristry, Louisiana was violating that right.  Thanks to IJ’s litigation and media efforts, aspiring florists are now free to pursue their chosen occupation without government interference.  Let freedom bloom!

 

 

Essential Background

Images

Backgrounder: Freeing Louisiana Florists: Licensing Law is Blooming Nonsense

Client Photo

Client Video: Government Mandated Licensing With John Stossel

Launch Release: Institute for Justice Files New Legal Challenge Against Louisiana’s Florist Licensing Scheme (March 4, 2010)
Latest Release: Victory for Louisiana Florists (July 12, 2010)

Previous florist case Meadows v. Odom

Legal Briefs and Decisions

none available

Case Timeline

Filed Lawsuit:

 

March 2, 2010

Court Filed:

 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Decision(s):

 

none

Current Court:

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Status:

Case Voluntarily Dismissed After Legislation Passed Repealing Demonstration Exam

Next Key Date:

 

N/A

 

Additional Releases

Reports, Maps, Charts and Facts

none available

Report: Blooming Nonsense: Experiment Reveals Louisiana's Florist Licensing Scheme as Pointless and Anti-Competitive

Map: States That License Florists

 

Op-eds, News Articles and Links

Article: IJ Prunes Louisiana's Floral Cartel; Liberty & Law (October 2010)

Video: CBS Evening News ft. IJ's LA flowers case; CBS Evening News (May 10, 2010) 

Article: Blooming Nonsense IJ Files Suit to Uproot Florist Licensing Law; Liberty & Law (April 2010)

Video: IJ's Chip Mellor Discusses Government Mandated Licensing With John Stossel (2 of 3); Stossel (March 25, 2010)

Video: IJ's Chip Mellor Discusses Government Mandated Licensing With John Stossel (1 of 3); Stossel (March 24, 2010)

Video: Freeing Louisiana Florists: Licensing Law is Blooming Nonsense - Case Launch Press Conf; (March 5, 2010) 

Video: Flower shop owners sue over license requirement (March 5, 2010) WWL-TV


 

Video: Florist files federal lawsuit over licensing law (March 5, 2010)
CBS Channel 9-Baton Rouge

Email Address
Please enter a valid email address
Share

Institute for Justice
901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22203
Tel 703.682.9320, Fax 703.682.9321
© 1997-2014