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Free to Design: Florida Entrepreneurs Take On the Interior Design Cartel

 

 

Florida is ground zero in the nationwide battle to cartelize the interior design industry. A small group of well-funded industry insiders led by the American Society of Interior Designers has been relentless in its pursuit of ever more restrictive laws. Studies have shown that interior design regulations result in higher prices, less variety, and fewer employment opportunities, especially for minorities and older mid-career switchers. On May 26, 2009, the Institute for Justice joined with three interior designers?Eva Locke, Pat Levenson and Barbara Gardner?and the National Federation of Independent Business to file a lawsuit in federal court in Tallahassee challenging Floridas interior design law. The Institute for Justice is the nations leading legal advocacy group for economic liberty?the right to earn an honest living free from excessive and arbitrary regulation. IJ has successfully challenged anti-competitive interior design laws across the country. Floridas suit promises to be the biggest fight yet in the battle against the interior design cartel, and may finally put an end to restrictive interior design laws nationwide.

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   Gov't Says "Naaayyyy" to Horse Massage (1:59)
The Ariz. State Veterinary Medical Examining Board wants to throw entrepreneurs who massage animals without a veterinary license into jail and fine them $3,500 per violation.
   Little American Dream Factory: Chicago Bureaucrats Put the Brakes on an Innovative Business (5:02)
The story of Zina Murray, her innovative business, and how Chicago killed it along with the dreams of fifteen other entrepreneurs.
   Half-baked: Gov't Restricts Homemade Cookie Sales (1:56)
Can the government arbitrarily restrict where home-baking entrepreneurs can sell their treats or how much they can sell?
   Handcuffed hairbraider sues in federal court for right to teach (2:41)
Braiders Aren't Barbers: African Hairbraider Takes Texas to Federal Court Over Economic Liberty.
   A Deadline Looms for Your Tax Preparer (1:59)
As part of a sweeping new licensing scheme, the IRS won't let tax preparers continue to prepare your tax returns in 2013 unless they first get a special permission slip from the government by paying for and completing 15 hours of continuing education by t
   Game of T̶h̶r̶o̶n̶e̶s̶ [Food Trucks]: Chicago's Mobile Vendors in an Epic Food Fight (3:59)
Should the city of Chicago be in the business of protecting restaurants from food trucks?
   IJ's Jeanette Petersen Explains Three Reasons You Can't Get a Cab (1:40)
Ever wonder why it's so hard to get a taxicab? IJ's Jeanette Petersen explains that government-imposed barriers like caps on permits and minimum fare laws are designed to protect entrenched transportation companies at the expense of enterprising drivers a
   Speed's Auto Services v. Portland Protectionism in Portland, Oregon (1:19)
Can the government bar entrepreneurs from offering competitive prices, online discounts and prompt service merely to protect politically powerful insiders from competition?
   FOOD FIGHT IN WASHINGTON: Let's Save DC Food Trucks (3:00)
D.C. is one of the best food-truck cities in the country. That's something city officials should be proud of. But unfortunately, city leaders are considering new restrictions on food trucks that could be used to ban them from serving their customers...
   Gov't to makeup artists: Put down the blush, or we'll shut you down (2:51)
In Nevada, teaching others how to apply makeup without a government-issued license can subject you to up to $2,000 in fines.
   Is your state pulling a medical CON job? (1:22)
Medical professionals join forces with Institute for Justice, file major federal health care lawsuit. Laws limit medical options for patients, funnel millions of dollars to politically connected businesses.
   IRS Protectionism: New Licensing Scheme Challenged in Major Federal Lawsuit (3:58)
Congress never gave the IRS the authority to license tax preparers, and the IRS can't give itself that power. But last year the IRS imposed a sweeping new licensing scheme that forces tax preparers to get IRS permission before they can work.
   Can the Government Make Entrepreneurs Do Useless Things For No Reason? (1:56)
Verlin Stoll is a 27-year-old entrepreneurial dynamo who owns Crescent Tide funeral home in Saint Paul, Minn. Verlin wants to expand his business, hire new employees and continue to offer the lowest prices in the Twin Cities, but Minnesota refuses to let
   How are food truck entrepreneurs like the Buffalo Bills? They're unrelenting underdogs & dreamers. (3:56)
Food trucks have hit the streets of Buffalo, NY. But a few brick-and-mortar restaurants are trying to put them out of business through the force of government.
   F.L.O.S.S: Protecting You from Low-Cost Teeth-Whitening Services (1:59)
Teeth-whitening services are popular and increasingly available at spas, salons and shopping malls. There is one group that is not smiling about these new, low-cost teeth-whitening services: the Connecticut Dental Commission. In June, the Commission ruled
   Free the Vendors: Hialeah, Florida Attacks Mobile Vendors (4:04)
Vendors in Hialeah, Fla. are challenging a law that not only makes vendors’ work more dangerous by forcing them to constantly be on the move rather than vend in one location, but also is purposefully anticompetitive—making it impossible for vendors to com
   Streets of Dreams: Challenging Atlanta's Street Vending Monopoly (4:15)
Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick are street vendors in Atlanta. But two years ago, Atlanta handed over all public-property vending to a single company that wants to throw Larry and Stanley out of the spots they have worked for decades to build kiosks.
   Unraveling Unconstitutional Government Regulation in Arizona (3:30)
The Arizona Board of Cosmetology is now requiring skilled threaders to obtain an aesthetician license, which requires at least 600 hours of classroom instruction—not one hour of which teaches or tests threading—and that can cost over $10,000. But threade
   Why Can't Chuck Get His Business Off the Ground? (5:05)
Why Can't Chuck Get His Business Off the Ground?
   Free the Monks & Free Enterprise: Saint Joseph Abbey v. Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (2:39)
Under Louisiana law, it is a crime for anyone but a licensed funeral director to sell funeral merchandise, which includes caskets. To sell caskets legally, the monks of Saint Joseph Abbey would have to abandon their calling for one full year to apprenti

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