June 2014, Volume 23, Number 3

Victory Secures School Choice in AZ

One of IJ’s secrets to success is our resilience. When we encounter adversity, we craft strategies to overcome whatever defeat we have suffered and move forward aggressively. IJ’s resilience recently paid off in a big way in Arizona. In March, we scored a final victory in a school choice case that signifi- cantly expands educational…

Fighting for the Freedom to Drive in the Windy City

In 1993, IJ launched its first transporta- tion lawsuit in Denver, Colo., on behalf of a group of entrepreneurs who wanted to open up the taxi market and start their own company. Since then, IJ has been devoted to the idea of transportation freedom: The basic idea that consumers and entrepreneurs, not government officials, should…

The First Amendment Isn’t First-Come, First-Served

Can the government say that only the first 12 people at the polls on Election Day get to vote for every office and everyone else gets to vote for only half the offices? Of course not. In this country, we don’t dish out rights on a first-come, first-served basis. Except in Minnesota, apparently. To teach…

Teeth Whitening Entrepreneur Bites Back

In Georgia, entrepreneurs who compete with dentists to offer teeth-whitening services can be charged with a felony, imprisoned for up to five years and fined $500 per customer. This is because the Georgia Board of Dentistry–made up of eight dentists and only one non-dentist—has irrationally deemed teeth-whitening entrepreneurs to be engaged in the “unlawful practice…

SMILE! Connecticut’s Teeth-Whitening Entrepreneurs Are Open for Business

Teeth-whitening entrepreneurs in Connecticut can return to work thanks to a ruling issued on March 31, in Sensational Smiles LLC v. Mullen, the first of IJ’s three lawsuits that aim to beat back dental boards’ efforts to monopolize the safe practice of teeth whitening. The lawsuit arose out of a 2011 ruling by the Connecticut…

IJ Attorney and Client Testify for Economic Liberty

By John E. Kramer Protecting economic liberty doesn’t end after we win a major legal or state legislative victory. IJ Attorney Dan Alban and former IJ client Melony Armstrong, an African hairbraider from Mississippi, recently testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Small Business Committee, respectively, to call on lawmakers to…

Join the IJ Partners Club

By Caitlyn Korb The Institute for Justice has become a powerful force for freedom through the strength of our partnerships. We team up with citizens and entrepreneurs whose liberties are under assault to win important legal victories. We work with grassroots groups to raise awareness of our four core mission areas and empower citizens to…

Chicago Food Entrepreneurs Cooking Up Recipes for Success

Every chef or foodie knows the most successful recipes are simple and require few ingredients. But the recipe for starting a food business in Chicago is complex and messy. Happily, though, entrepreneurs can turn to the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship for step-by-step guidance on the recipe for success. On Saturday, May 3, the IJ Clinic…

Hands Off My Art Studio: IJ Helps Philadelphia Artist Fight Greedy City Planners

IJ continues its fight against eminent domain abuse nationwide, and the latest battle has brought us to an art studio in Philadelphia. James Dupree is one of the city’s most highly sought-after artists. Five of his paintings are housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and numerous pieces of his are displayed throughout the city.…

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