December 2007, Volume 16, Number 6

Victory For Minneapolis Taxi Entrepreneurs

By Scott Bullock Can an entrenched cartel of Minneapolis taxi drivers violate the civil rights of entrepreneurs and consumers? No, according to U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel. In an opinion released at the end of October, the judge recommended that a lawsuit brought by members of the taxi cartel to overturn the city’s free-market…

No Fine[r] Time To Dance

December 2007 By Jennifer Perkins IJ Arizona Chapter client Dale Bell simply wants to run his business without government interference. The Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter (IJ-AZ) recently secured a crucial ruling that client Dale Bell will not have to pay daily fines for refusing to act as the dance police at his popular restaurant.…

Sign of the Times: IJ Defends Intertwined Rights of Property & Speech

As Liberty & Law readers know, local governments regularly use regulations of signs and other forms of outdoor communication to restrict speech. The courts largely let governments get away with burdensome restrictions on signs, which often amount to near-total bans on outdoor advertising. Tragically, in the hands of the government, regulating signs often conceals efforts…

Red Tape

Constitutional rights do not often disappear overnight. They yield gradually to mounting regulation backed by calculated efforts from those who favor more government and less freedom. So-called campaign finance “reform” is a classic example. For the past 30 years, the speech police have piled regulation upon regulation at the federal, state and local levels, restricting…

Red Tape, Did You Know?

Ordinary citizens are thoroughly flummoxed by the government red tape imposed on even the most basic grassroots political activity surrounding a ballot issue. On average, the 255 participants in Jeffrey Milyo’s experiment could not complete even half the required tasks correctly. Several tasks common to grassroots campaigns proved especially challenging. For example, no more than…

Fighting The Interior Design Cartel The IJ Way

Fighting The Interior Design Cartel The IJ Way By Chip Mellor Practicing cutting-edge litigation means taking on tough cases. It also means tackling issues that may not yet have gained great visibility in the legal community or the general public. As a result, we must wage strategic campaigns to make clear to all the importance…

The IJ Moment

The IJ Moment The Institute for Justice is a special place to work. Washingtonian magazine even named IJ one of the best places to work in the D.C. metro region. Something that makes the Institute for Justice stand out are those magic moments that crystallize not only why IJ is such a wonderful and unique…

Thank you, Jack!

December 2007 Thank you, Jack! By Melanie Hildreth Dr. John T. Wenders, 1935 – 2006 Liberty lost a friend when Dr. John T. Wenders passed away last November. This fall, IJ was honored to receive a very generous gift from Dr. Wenders, who preferred to go by Jack. Jack shared our commitment to advancing individual…

Dana Berliner:

IJ attorneys have been distinguished with awards over the years proclaiming them “Super Lawyers,” “Outstanding Young Lawyers” and the like, but we have perhaps the best new superlative to add to that list: Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Dana Berliner has now been named among a select group of “Best Lawyers” by a publication of…

Congress passed a law we like!

December 2007 Congress passed a law we like! Yes, you read that right. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 permits traditional and Roth individual retirement account (IRA) owners who are at least age 70.5 on the date of the distribution to transfer up to $100,000 tax-free until December 31, 2007, to charitable organizations like the…

SHOW-ME

By Scott Bullock IJ Senior Attorney Scott Bullock, right, speaks with Eleanor Miller, a resident of Sugar Creek, Mo., who could be forced from her home to make way for private development. In the 1920s, Penelope Marth’s grandfather built several homes on her street in Sugar Creek, Mo., a small town located between Kansas City…

Putting Stocks in IJ’s Stocking?

Are you planning to donate stock this year using a discount broker? If so, please begin the process now. We have learned that end-of-year transfers can take up to a month to reach us, and unfortunately, the date the stock hits our account is the date that determines the date of the gift—and, therefore, the…

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