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Victory for Florida Creamery:

In March, IJ won a free speech victory at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with implications that will reverberate around the nation. Government agencies thought they had the power to change the dictionary. The Florida Department of Agriculture certainly believed that to be true. But our client Mary Lou Wesselhoeft disagreed. And with…

Time for Oregon To Pump the Brakes on An Overzealous Board

No matter where you live, running a red light can earn you a ticket. But in Oregon, even talking about traffic lights can get you fined. Regular Liberty & Law readers know IJ has fought—and won—against state licensing agencies that often moonlight as censorship boards. The Kentucky psychology board targeted nationally syndicated columnist John Rosemond…

“It’s-a Me, Free Speech!”

According to one Florida town, anyone can display an inflatable Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or unicorn in front of their home or business. But if a business tries to use an inflatable to advertise its products or services, it is breaking the law. This is the problem for Scott Fisher, who had been displaying a…

IJ Turning the Tide on the Outrage That is Civil Forfeiture

Most people unfamiliar with civil forfeiture find it hard to believe that such a power exists in a country that is supposed to recognize and hold dear rights to private property and due process of law. How could it be that the government could take your home, business, cash, car or other property without convicting…

Uncorking Economic Opportunity In Minnesota and Beyond

The U.S. Constitution guarantees free trade among the states, and free trade has been a hallmark of American economic freedom ever since our nation’s founding. Now—more than 200 years later—Minnesota is violating this founding ideal at the expense of local farm wineries by limiting the grapes from other states that Minnesota winemakers can use to…

Victory For the Freedom to Petition in Alabama

Great news out of the Deep South! Readers of Liberty & Law may recall the case of Maggie Ellinger-Locke and the Marijuana Policy Project, who joined with IJ to challenge Alabama’s requirement that all lobbyists physically travel to Montgomery to take an in-person ethics class before they speak to elected representatives. We are pleased to…

IJ Fights for Grassroots Activists at the Colorado Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court has an opportunity to make life a lot easier for political speakers in the Centennial State. On May 2, the court heard argument from the Institute for Justice in Coloradans for a Better Future v. Campaign Integrity Watchdog, a case that will have profound implications for hundreds of political groups throughout…

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