August 2008, Volume 17, Number 4

IJ Opens Texas Chapter With Challenge to Computer Repair Law

In front of a bank of television cameras and radio microphones, the new Institute for Justice Texas Chapter (IJ-TX) opened for business with a challenge to a Texas law requiring computer repair shops to obtain a private investigator’s license to analyze their customers’ data. According to the government, the law covers any type of data…

Law Rubs Massage Therapist The Wrong Way

Law Rubs Massage Therapist The Wrong Way By Paul Sherman IJ client Mercedes Clemens cannot practice animal massage without spending a small fortune on four years of veterinary school. Mercedes Clemens is a massage therapist who works with some very special clients. Most of them weigh over 1,000 pounds and engage in physically demanding activities.…

Overcoming An Inconvenient Law

Overcoming An Inconvenient Law IJ client Bruce Ebnet is now free to move pianos and other household goods after working with the Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter to break open the state’s moving cartel. By Lee McGrath Laws that are pro-business are not necessarily pro-free enterprise. Entrepreneurs like Bruce Ebnet of Kasson, Minn., have seen…

IJ Among Charity Navigator Elite

IJ is one of an elite group of 38 organizations nationwide—including only four other “public benefit” groups—to have earned Charity Navigator’s highest “four-star” rating for management and efficiency seven years in a row. This distinction puts IJ in the company of less than one percent of nonprofits nationwide. Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator is the…

After Long Wait, Long Branch Homeowners Get Their Day in Court

After Long Wait, Long Branch Homeowners Get Their Day in Court By Scott Bullock Long Branch, N.J., homeowners rally together in front of the state appeals court where the Institute for Justice argued against eminent domain for private gain. Speaking at the megaphone is IJ client Lori Vendetti. She is joined in the front row…

New IJ Publications Show Right Way & Wrong Way To Encourage Private Development

New IJ Publications Show Right Way & Wrong Way To Encourage Private Development It comes as no surprise to readers of Liberty & Law that command-and-control government policies stifle private economic development efforts and cause other unintended consequences. But when the Institute for Justice documents such facts with high-quality research and couples those reports with…

IJ and Parents Fight For Vouchers Heads to Arizona Supreme Court

By Tim Keller Children with disabilities and children in foster care are down, but not out, after a May 2008 Arizona Court of Appeals decision dealt a blow to two state-funded private school scholarship programs for these vulnerable students. The appeals court ruled that the programs violate one of the Arizona Constitution’s Blaine Amendments, which…

Ain’t That America? Little Pink House Rises Again

Ain’t That America? Little Pink House Rises Again Avner Gregory and Susette Kelo embrace at a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the newly relocated Kelo house. Senior attorneys Scott Bullock and Dana Berliner and IJ client Michael Cristofaro look on. Like Paul Revere’s home in Boston or Betsy Ross’ house in Philadelphia, you can…

Search and Destroy Constitutional Rights

Search and Destroy Constitutional Rights By Dana Berliner IJ clients (from left) Kim Sjostrom, Brad Sonnentag, Robert McCaughtry and Rebecca McCaughtry are challenging the city of Red Wing, Minn., which wants to inspect rental homes without probable cause. If a stranger knocked on your door and asked to come in and search every nook and…

IJ and the DC Gun Ban Case

IJ and the DC Gun Ban Case The U.S. Supreme Court’s historic opinion upholding the individual right to bear arms had an interesting Institute for Justice pedigree. Although it was not an IJ case, four of the attorneys who pursued this case had strong IJ connections. IJ Senior Attorneys Clark Neily and Steve Simpson first…

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