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  • December 9, 2016    |   Private Property

    Late yesterday, the Ohio House and Senate overwhelmingly passed HB 347, an important overhaul of the state’s civil forfeiture laws. Under current law, Ohioans do not have to be convicted, much less charged with a crime, for the government to take their property through civil forfeiture. The bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich for…

  • December 8, 2016    |   Private Property

    Lawsuits Challenge Federal Agencies’ Refusal to Disclose Forfeiture Records

    Institute for Justice Files FOIA Lawsuits Against IRS and CBP

    Arlington, Va.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ) sued two federal agencies—the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection—for flouting the federal Freedom of Information Act and hindering access to information about the federal government’s forfeiture activity. As part of IJ’s nationwide initiative to end civil forfeiture, in March 2015 IJ filed Freedom of…

  • December 7, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Ken’s Cab

    Judge Strikes Down Little Rock’s Taxi Monopoly as Unconstitutional

    Little Rock—Late today, Arkansas taxi driver Ken Leininger scored a sweeping victory in his constitutional challenge to Little Rock, Arkansas’ longstanding taxi monopoly. Judge David Laser—sitting in the Pulaski County Circuit Court—ruled from the bench that Little Rock’s city code violated the Arkansas Constitution, which prohibits the government from creating this sort of anticompetitive monopoly.…

  • November 29, 2016

    Arlington, Va.—Institute for Justice Attorney Darpana Sheth issues the following statement: “The United States government has agreed to give Charles Clarke back every penny of the $11,000 it seized from him at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in February 2014, plus interest. Charles is very pleased that he will get his life savings back and…

  • November 23, 2016    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Texas Doubles Down In Fight To Stifle Craft Brewers’ Property Rights

    State Appeals Decision That Held State Alcohol Law Unconstitutional

    Austin, Tx. – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has filed a notice of appeal in Live Oak v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The case involves a Texas law that was passed in 2013, which required craft brewers to give beer distributors millions of dollars’ worth of distribution rights for free.  In August, an Austin trial…

  • November 1, 2016    |   Private Property

    San Diego Cops Seize Innocent Family’s Life Savings Using Civil Forfeiture Laws

    San Diego police even seized two teenagers’ savings accounts

    San Diego, Ca.—For two years, James Slatic operated his legal medical marijuana business, Med-West Distribution, from a commercial building on Engineer Road. James was public about his marijuana business because, under California law, Med-West was permitted to manufacture and distribute the drug to patients with a doctor’s prescription. The business complied with state law, registered…

  • October 27, 2016

    Arizona Forfeiture Victims Get Their Car Back

    Lawsuit Far From Over; Fight to Abolish Forfeiture Laws Continues

    Phoenix, Ariz.—Less than one month after Terry and Ria Platt teamed up with the Institute for Justice to challenge Arizona’s rigged civil forfeiture system, Navajo County prosecutors will return the Platts’ unlawfully seized car. But the lawsuit against Arizona’s forfeiture laws will continue. In Arizona, owners have only 30 days to either petition the prosecutor…

  • October 20, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Columbia, South Carolina– Can the government restrict access to innovative health care technology in order to prop up an outdated business model? That is the question to be answered by a new lawsuit filed today by online company Opternative and the Institute for Justice in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas. Opternative is a…

  • October 19, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    A Taco Truck on Every Corner? Not in Chicago.

    How Chicago’s Restaurant Proximity Regulations Make It Nearly Impossible to Operate a Food Truck

    On Wednesday, Chicago’s food trucks will finally get their day in court when a Cook County Circuit Court Judge will hold a summary judgment hearing in a lawsuit challenging the city’s anti-competitive food truck regulations. The lawsuit, filed more than three years ago, challenges the city’s ban on operating a food truck within 200 feet…

  • October 17, 2016    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Licenses for Tour Guides? It’s Unconstitutional and It Doesn’t Work

    New Report Adds to Evidence That Occupational Licensing Does Not Improve Quality

    Arlington, Va.—More Americans than ever need an expensive and burdensome government-issued license before they can work. Yet many of these licenses have nothing to do with improving quality or protecting public health. A new report from the Institute for Justice, which has successfully challenged licensing laws across the U.S., shows this is especially true for…

  • October 12, 2016    |   Private Property

    New York—On a cold December morning three years ago, Sung Cho showed up to open his laundromat business in Manhattan and found a bright orange eviction notice attached to the window. The notice said he had just a few days to prepare for a hearing—scheduled for Christmas Eve—where he would have to convince a judge…

  • October 7, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Transportation Freedom Wins in Federal Court

    Federal Appeals Court: Taxis’ Claim to Medallions “Borders on the Absurd”

    Chicago—Today, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued two groundbreaking decisions that serve to solidify the ability of cities to sweep aside outdated protectionist transportation regulations in order to make way for new entrepreneurs. Both cases were brought by taxicab companies upset that new regulations governing ridesharing and medallions allowed greater competition and disrupted…

  • October 6, 2016    |   Private Property

    Phoenix, Ariz.—Arizona’s forfeiture laws are so highly complex that even lawyers often struggle to understand them—let alone the average person. The state’s laws allow law enforcement officials to take and keep property, while depriving innocent victims of their constitutional rights. And no one knows this better than Terry and Ria Platt—an innocent elderly couple caught…

  • September 29, 2016    |   Private Property

    Arlington, VA– Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 443, a major overhaul of the state’s civil forfeiture laws. The bill marks one of the nation’s most significant reforms of its kind. “Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on due process and private property rights in America today,” said Institute for Justice…

  • September 29, 2016    |   School Choice

    Nevada Supreme Court Upholds the Nation’s Most Inclusive School Choice Program

    But Says Technical Fix Required Before Program Can Be Funded

    Arlington, Va.— Nevada’s sweeping school choice program may be constitutional, but families will still have to wait. This morning, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a consolidated decision in two landmark cases challenging the constitutionality of the nation’s first nearly-universal education savings account (ESA) program, and declared that the program passes constitutional muster. However, the Court…

  • September 29, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—Today, a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge denied the city’s motion to dismiss a constitutional challenge to a law that makes it illegal for mobile vendors to operate within 300 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that sells primarily the same product or service. This law has made it nearly impossible for the city’s mobile…

  • September 28, 2016    |   Private Property

    Arlington, Va.—Can government officials throw you out of your home just because a private developer tells them to? That is the question asked by a major constitutional lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of West Haven resident Bob McGinnity and his family. The McGinnity family has been in West Haven for…

  • September 9, 2016    |   First Amendment

    Colorado Supreme Court Will Hear Free Speech Appeal

    Court Will Decide if Speakers Can Rely on Pro Bono Legal Help When Talking About Politics

    Arlington, Va.—In a case that will have major implications for political speech across the state, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed yesterday to decide whether legal aid for political speakers can be regulated as a political “contribution.”  Representing Coloradans for a Better Future (CBF)—a political group that spoke out in the 2012 Board of Regents race—the…

  • September 1, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    IJ Asks Why

    New Report Outlines Seven Simple Steps Cities Can Take to Foster Economic Opportunity

    Arlington, Va.—On Monday, millions of Americans will celebrate the contributions that businesses and individuals have made to benefit the strength and prosperity of America’s economy. But for many other Americans who are locked out of the workforce due to arbitrary licensing, permitting or other unjustified regulations, Labor Day is another reminder that governments big and…

  • August 31, 2016    |   Private Property

    Innocent Car Owner Sues Albuquerque to End Civil Forfeiture Once and For All

    Despite State Law Outlawing Civil Forfeiture, Albuquerque Continues to Seize and Sell Cars of Individuals Never Convicted of a Crime

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—In 2015, New Mexico outlawed civil forfeiture, the controversial law enforcement practice of seizing and selling property without charging an individual with a crime, let alone convicting them of one. Despite that groundbreaking legislation, Albuquerque law enforcement officials continue to flagrantly disregard the law, and seize and sell hundreds of cars each year. Now,…

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