April 2013, Volume 22, Number 2

IJ Scores Major Federal Court Victory Against Civil Forfeiture

In one of the most important and contentious civil forfeiture fights in the nation, a federal judge in January dismissed the forfeiture complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney against the Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Mass. After a four-day trial in November, Judge Judith G. Dein concluded in a 60-page opinion that the Motel Caswell was…

Resilience Leads to an IJ Victory in Douglas County

Resilience is an attribute of “The IJ Way,” and there was resilience in spades in our latest school choice victory: a February decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals upholding the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program. The Choice Scholarship Program is a local school choice program adopted by the Douglas County Board of Education (south…

School Choice in New Hampshire

Recent events in New Hampshire prove yet again that no good school choice program goes unchallenged in the courts by those seeking to preserve the educational status quo. One year ago, New Hampshire enacted a business tax credit program that encourages donations to nonprofit organizations offering scholarships to low-income families for homeschooling expenses, tuition for…

Oh Baby

In March, IJ was in court for a trial litigating whether the government could force entrepreneurs to do useless things. This particular useless thing was Minnesota’s requirement that every funeral home in the state have a preparation and embalming room that many do not need, want or use. Taking any case to trial is no…

Florida Town Shows No Love For Valentine’s Day Vendors

In 2011, the Institute for Justice sued the city of Hialeah, Fla., on behalf of street vendors who merely want to earn an honest living. The city theoretically allowed street vending, but through a series of unconstitutional laws, restricted vending practices and made it impossible to vend effectively. In January, IJ secured a partial victory…

First-Round Win in IJ vs. the IRS

In 2011, the IRS imposed a burdensome licensing scheme that benefited powerful industry insiders while harming hundreds of thousands of tax preparers across the country and the tens of millions of taxpayers who rely on them to prepare their taxes. In January, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg issued a ruling putting a stop…

IJ Activism Seeks to Vindicate Life, Liberty and the Roots of Happiness

The Institute for Justice’s litigation and activism are dedicated to vindicating a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. Jennifer and Jason Helvenston of Orlando, Fla., take their role as responsible members of society very seriously, by choosing to commit their lives to sustainability: They…

IJ Argues Against Administrative Searches Before Minnesota Supreme Court

It is not often a lawyer gets to argue a legal question that has never been considered before, but IJ’s Litigation Director Dana Berliner did just that in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court on February 5, 2013. After more than six years of legal battles, IJ’s clients—a coalition of landlords and tenants from Red…

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