April 2014, Volume 23, Number 2

Tax Preparers Defeat IRS Power Grab at the D.C. Circuit

In January 2013, a federal district court judge ruled in favor of IJ and three independent tax preparers, striking down the requirement that tax preparers had to get permission from the IRS before they could work. The IRS then appealed. This February, just a few weeks into tax season, IJ once again defeated the IRS,…

IJ Clinic Client Demonstrates the Power of One Entrepreneur

On February 27, IJ Clinic clients, students and alumni gathered in an elegant room with views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s famous skyscrapers. It was freezing outside, but inside could not have been warmer. We gathered to celebrate the ‘graduation’ of Ken Coats, founder of IJ Clinic client Kentech Consulting, and to celebrate the perseverance…

Nashville Tried to Destroy This Man’s Business But He Won

By Wesley Hottot For nearly four years, Ali Bokhari fought the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., for the basic right to charge his customers lower prices. You read that right: Nashville required Ali and every other sedan operator in the city to charge at least $45. Ali’s business, Metro Livery, provides luxury…

Protectionism on Trial

An Arizona licensing board wants to put hard-working entrepreneurs in jail for no reason other than to protect industry insiders from honest competition. Celeste Kelly is the quintessential American entrepreneur. She spent years building her successful business massaging horses for a wide range of clients. For Celeste, massage provided a new avenue to work with…

Free Speech Victory: Oregon Farmer Serves State a Nice, Cold Glass of Free Speech

Just three months after IJ challenged Oregon’s ban on the advertising of raw—or unpasteurized—milk, our National Food Freedom Initiative got its first taste of victory. On February 13, the Oregon Department of Agriculture agreed to stop enforcing the state’s ban on the advertisement of raw milk and to ask the state legislature to formally repeal…

IJ and the CYAC: Undisputed Champions for Property Rights

In law, as in life, you must be ready to go the distance. And that is just what IJ and the kids of the Community Youth Athletic Center (CYAC) did in taking on property-rights abuse in National City, Calif. Our long fight is now over and we won! Longtime readers of Liberty & Law may…

The Fight to Save Lives Goes On

The government rarely takes defeat well, especially in high-profile cases, and it sometimes tries to nullify an IJ victory with new regulations. That is what is happening now in the bone marrow case. As Liberty & Law readers will recall, IJ defeated the Department of Justice two years ago when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court…

School Choice Research and Litigation: A Winning Combination

When IJ Senior Attorney Bert Gall stepped up to the podium to defend Alabama’s two new school choice programs from legal attack by teachers’ unions, he was armed not only with solid legal arguments, but also with sound research to back them up. The day before the February hearing in front of a state trial…

Can a Lawsuit About Eyebrow Threading Change the Course of Law in the Lone Star State?

Readers of Liberty & Law may need no introduction to “eyebrow threading,” but the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation sure did. The Department requires a license for threading, but it does not care if licensees learn anything about it. Threading is a South Asian hair-removal technique that uses a single strand of cotton thread…

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