Press Releases

  • June 18, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Judge Finalizes Victory for Louisville Food Trucks

    Consent Decree Guarantees No More Bans on Mobile Food Vendors

    Louisville, Ky.—Today, Judge David J. Hale of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky entered a consent decree that ends a months-long legal battle between Louisville’s innovative food truck businesses and Louisville Metro. The consent decree is enforceable through the federal court’s contempt powers and will ensure that Louisville’s food trucks are…

  • June 18, 2018    |   Private Property

    Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Whether The 50 States Must Comply with U.S. Constitution’s Excessive Fines Clause

    Indiana man requested Supreme Court review after state supreme court held that Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause does not apply in Indiana.

    This morning (June 18, 2018), the U.S. Supreme Court granted review of a case that has nationwide implications for both property rights and criminal justice. The question presented is whether the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause protects against sanctions imposed by state and local authorities. The appeal is brought by Indiana resident Tyson Timbs, represented…

  • June 15, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted unanimously on Thursday to eliminate cosmetology licensing requirements for African-style, natural hair braiders. Under Rhode Island law, braiders can only work if they first obtain a cosmetology license, which takes at least 1,200 hours, far more than what’s required to become a licensed emergency medical technician. Tuition to…

  • June 13, 2018    |   First Amendment

    Federal Court Rules That Colorado’s Abuse-Prone Campaign-Finance Enforcement Violates First Amendment

    Court voices concern that system is “a feeding ground for political warfare and what could be described as extortion”

    Arlington, Va.— Yesterday afternoon, Judge Raymond P. Moore, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ruled that Colorado’s unusual system of campaign-finance enforcement violates the First Amendment. The system permitted any person to file a private lawsuit to enforce the state’s campaign-finance laws. That is unconstitutional, the court held, because there is…

  • June 11, 2018    |   Private Property

    “Wide-ranging transparency requirements are vital for keeping both the public and the state legislature well-informed about civil forfeiture in New Hampshire.”

  • June 8, 2018    |   Private Property

    CLEVELAND—One week after an Ohio family’s lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sparked national outrage against the agency’s civil forfeiture practices, a federal judge has ordered the case to trial. It all began last October, when CBP agents at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport seized $58,100 from Rustem Kazazi, a U.S. citizen, while he…

  • June 4, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Airbnb Lawsuit

    Vacation-property manager vows to appeal ruling

    Harrisburg, Pa.—Today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s real estate licensing regime. The ruling leaves in place laws that make it a crime for anyone but a fully licensed real estate broker to help property owners manage rental properties on sites like Airbnb. The lawsuit was filed by entrepreneur Sally Ladd, who…

  • June 4, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    New Specialty Braiding License Signed Into Law

    Natural Braiders No Longer Need Thousands of Hours of Needless Training

    Jefferson City, Mo.—On Friday, legislation to create a new stand-alone braiding license was signed into law, finally allowing natural, African-style hair braiders in Missouri to practice their art without the tremendous burden of acquiring an irrelevant cosmetology license. A state cosmetology license requires 1,500 hours of training that teaches nothing about African-style hair braiding, and…

  • May 31, 2018    |   Educational Choice

    San Juan, Puerto Rico—Today, three families asked a Puerto Rican trial court to allow them to join in the legal defense of Puerto Rico’s Free School Selection Program. The Program allows families with children currently in public school to apply for scholarships to send their children to the school of their choice. The Program is…

  • May 31, 2018    |   Private Property

    CLEVELAND—An immigrant family working hard and sacrificing for thirteen years to help relatives and to buy a dream vacation home in their native country is something that should be celebrated. But for Rustem Kazazi, it led to a terrifying run-in with hostile agents of the U.S. government. And once again, an American family finds itself…

  • May 30, 2018

    Springfield, Ill.—The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that it would hear a food truck owner’s challenge to Chicago rules that make it difficult to operate in the city. The city currently bans trucks from operating within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant and requires that food trucks install GPS tracking devices that broadcast their every…

  • May 29, 2018    |   Private Property

    HOUSTON—After weeks of international outcry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) finally returned $41,377 to Texas nurse Anthonia Nwaorie without interest and without an apology. CBP’s furtive move came seven months after the agency seized the money at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and one month after Anthonia filed a federal lawsuit demanding its…

  • May 29, 2018    |   Private Property

    Supreme Court Will Soon Consider Whether to Accept Excessive Fines Case

    Question at Heart of This Case: Must All 50 States Comply with U.S. Constitution’s Bar on Excessive Fines?

    Indiana Supreme Court Ruled the State May Impose Excessive Fines Until the U.S. Supreme Court Says It Can’t Arlington, Va.—The U.S. Constitution sets a floor of rights that each American is supposed to enjoy as a citizen of this nation. But the Indiana Supreme Court recently ruled that the federal Constitution’s ban on excessive fines does…

  • May 24, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Illinois Supreme Court Ruling Protects the Integrity of the State’s Freedom of Information Act

    Ruling Allows Institute for Justice to Advance Work to Help African Hair Braiders

    Springfield, Ill.—This morning, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling strengthening the protections of the State’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ruling makes it more difficult for government officials to enact laws allowing them to deny public record requests that they do not like. The ruling will also help the Institute for Justice’s (IJ)…

  • May 24, 2018    |   Private Property

    Police Must Serve and Protect, Not Ticket to Collect

    Lawsuit Challenges Doraville, Ga. Practice of Using Traffic Tickets and Other Fines to ‘Police for Profit’

    Two years ago, Doraville homeowner Hilda Brucker got a call from a flustered clerk at the city court demanding that she drop everything she was doing and come in. When she got there, Hilda was confronted by a city judge and prosecutor armed with photos of her driveway, arguing that its cracks violated Doraville’s city…

  • May 22, 2018    |   Private Property

    Tennessee now earns top marks for record accessibility, forfeiture account audits, and accounting for forfeiture fund spending.

  • May 22, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Chicago—This morning, the Chicago City Council’s License and Consumer Protection Committee voted to extend the emerging business permit for mobile boutiques by one year. The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School is working with mobile boutique owners to push for a renewable license that allows new businesses to…

  • May 21, 2018    |   Private Property

    Federal Court Approves Historic Consent Decree Ending “Policing for Profit” in Pagedale, Mo.

    Pagedale officials agree to substantial structural reforms to city’s ticketing, housing code, and court system

    On Friday afternoon, Federal Judge Rodney W. Sippel granted final approval to a groundbreaking consent decree that will significantly reform the city of Pagedale, Missouri, and its ticketing policies, housing code, and municipal court. The consent decree is the end result of a class-action lawsuit brought in 2015 by people ticketed and threatened with tickets…

  • May 18, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Late Thursday, the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously approved HB 748, a bill that would review the state’s burdensome and often arbitrary licenses. The bill now heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who endorsed an earlier version of the bill as a way to provide “regulatory relief” for Louisiana entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Rep. Julie Emerson,…

  • May 15, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Phoenix, Ariz.—Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that will allow food trucks to operate with greater freedom across the state. The Institute for Justice worked with legislators to construct a bill based on “Food Truck Freedom,” a study of best practices in regulating mobile vending. “With the signing of legislation, food truck owners can…


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