June 2015, Volume 24, Issue 3

Hailing Taxi Freedom in San Diego

Taxicab lawsuits are special at IJ because they perfectly illustrate how entrenched interests use government power to keep entry-level entrepreneurs from taking their first step up the economic ladder. And IJ’s latest lawsuit defending two San Diego drivers is no exception. Last year, long before the case was filed, a group of San Diego taxi…

Gone in 13 Days: IJ Holds IRS Accountable in North Carolina

This article was supposed to introduce IJ’s latest civil forfeiture case, involving a North Carolina convenience store owner named Lyndon McLellan who had his entire bank account—more than $107,000—seized because, according to the IRS, he made cash bank deposits in the “wrong” amounts. But before we could get the article to print, and as a…

New Mexico Ends Civil Forfeiture

On April 9, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ended civil forfeiture in the state by signing landmark legislation based on IJ’s model forfeiture law. New Mexico boldly enacted best-in-the-nation reforms to protect the property and due process rights of all New Mexicans. It replaced civil forfeiture with criminal forfeiture, redirected forfeiture proceeds into the state’s…

Economic Liberty’s Secret Weapon: State Constitutions

In 1776, New Hampshire adopted the first written state constitution—written years before the U.S. Constitution. And since then, state constitutions have protected many of our most basic liberties, such as the right to earn a living. For years, IJ has litigated under state constitutions, fighting for everything from the freedom to own a taxicab in…

Braiding Freedom Initiative Continues to Brush Out Excessive Hair Braiding Laws

Natural hair braiders in Arkansas and Washington are free to earn an honest living thanks to IJ’s ongoing national braiding initiative. Now, 12 states do not require natural hair braiders to have licenses. These victories, and our victory in January on behalf of Texas-based Isis Brantley—who was prohibited from teaching hair braiding unless she converted…

IJ’s Occupational Speech Litigation Climbs the Ivory Tower

IJ’s mission is to do more than just win cases; it is to change the legal culture in a way that makes it easier for others to win cases and to protect freedom nationwide. It is not enough to prevail in court. Instead, we need to start, and then win, debates about liberty and the…

Arizona Entrepreneurs Give State a Much-Needed Makeover

IJ’s lawsuit in Nevada representing two Las Vegas makeup artists has inspired legislative change in Arizona. In Nevada, makeup artists who want to teach others their craft must obtain cosmetology instructor licenses and turn their schools into state-licensed cosmetology schools. Across the border in Arizona, professional makeup artist Leiah Scheibel and her business partner, Alexandra…

Judicial Engagement Continues to Make Waves

Over the past few months, IJ’s Center for Judicial Engagement (CJE) has been at the center of a fresh dialogue about the proper role of courts in constitutional cases, a dialogue that shows signs of finally moving beyond the false dichotomy of “judicial activism” and “judicial restraint.” The result? Not only is judicial engagement squarely…

Play Ball!

Baseball is the American pastime, with the sights and sounds of vendors turning the walk to the stadium into a festive, lively affair. Now, due to the indomitable spirit of former IJ client Larry Miller, that festive spirit has returned to Atlanta. Readers may recall that IJ persuaded a court to strike down a sweetheart…

IJ Honored for Its Fight to Advance Food Truck Freedom in D.C.

Two years ago, when D.C.’s food trucks were threatened with draconian and senseless parking restrictions that would have put most of them out of business, IJ stepped up and helped them fight back. And as we chronicled in the August 2013 issue of Liberty & Law, that fight against these restrictions, which were aimed at…

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