August 2009, Volume 18, Number 4

Victory and a Government Apology for IJ Client Bill Brody

(Top left) IJ client Bill Brody and Senior Attorney Dana Berliner walk to a signing ceremony and press conference that bring nine years of litigation to a successful end.  Port Chester, N.Y., Mayor Dennis Pilla greets Brody and Berliner before the signing ceremony (top right).  Above, Pilla signs settlement agreement and apology for Bill Brody.…

IJ Scores Victory Against Interior Design Cartel

The Institute for Justice scored a decisive blow against the national interior design cartel in June when a federal judge in New Haven, Conn., struck down a Connecticut “titling law” that allowed anyone to perform interior design services, but dictated that only those with government-issued licenses could call themselves “interior designers.” The state says it…

Minneapolis Taxi Entrepreneur Wins Appeal

In July, the Institute for Justice scored yet another victory for both aspiring Minneapolis taxi entrepreneurs and their consumers. In that victory, a federal appellate court unanimously affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by members of the taxi cartel who sought to overturn Minneapolis’ free market reforms. The appellate court made it…

Judicial “Activism” Isn’t the Issue

The growing dispute between conservatives and liberals over the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor obscures a more troubling point of agreement: The government should almost always win. Many conservatives who think of themselves as proponents of limited government would be surprised to discover that conservative judges begin their constitutional analyses in almost every context…

IJ Earns Charity Navigator’s Highest 4-Star Rating for 8th Consecutive Year

Your investment in the Institute for Justice continues to be a sound one:  In July—for the eighth consecutive year—the Institute for Justice earned Charity Navigator’s highest “4-star rating.”  Charity Navigator ranks 5,400 nonprofits every year, and this distinction puts IJ in the company of less than one percent—one of 33 nonprofits nationwide. Founded in 2001,…

In Court with Strategic Research

Institute for Justice cases, by design, address issues of broad public importance, from whether government can squash competition in an industry to whether citizens still enjoy the unfettered right to free speech, especially when it comes to politics. Naturally, such cases raise questions about the real-world, systemic effects of the laws we challenge. Surprisingly, there…

Victory Highlights Strength of Minnesota’s Eminent Domain Reforms

In the first test of the 2006 eminent domain reforms that Minnesota enacted after the infamous Kelo decision, the Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter and its client, Advance Shoring Company, beat back efforts by the St. Paul Port Authority to condemn Advance’s property for private economic development. After extensive advocacy in the court of public…

Slaughter-House on the Chopping Block

IJ is poised to help undo one of the worst U.S. Supreme Court decisions of all time and, in so doing, achieve a goal we have worked for every day since we opened our doors in 1991. First a bit of history: The 14th Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1868 for the specific…

IJ Clients Leave Their Mark

June saw the passing of two IJ clients who made courageous stands for the protection of essential constitutional liberties. A decade ago, IJ challenged an attempt by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to license those who merely offered advice about commodity trading through books, newsletters, websites and computer software. We secured a victory in that…

Make a Tax-Free IRA Gift to IJ

Congress has extended through 2009 the legislation that allows donors to make tax-free gifts from both traditional and Roth individual retirement accounts. Between now and December 31, 2009, you have a unique opportunity to help IJ and make a gift from what can be one of your most tax-burdensome assets. Here’s how: •IRA owners age…

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