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  • July 20, 2017

    July 20, 2017 Chairman Bob Goodlatte Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Chairman Chuck Grassley Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 RE: Call to Pass Civil Forfeiture Reform Quickly and Independently Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Grassley: On behalf of the undersigned organizations dedicated to…

  • July 19, 2017    |   Private Property

    St. Paul, Minn.—In a blow to the constitutional rights of Minnesotan renters, the state Supreme Court ruled today that cities do not need to provide evidence of a suspected housing code violation in order to obtain an administrative search warrant to inspect renters’ homes without their permission. Today’s decision denies Minnesota’s renters—and the landlords who…

  • July 19, 2017

    Civil Forfeiture Is Inherently Abusive

    Statement Responding to DOJ’s Announced Policy Change Increasing Use of Civil Forfeiture

    Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would repeal reforms intended to curb federal law enforcement agencies’ use of civil forfeiture. In response, Institute for Justice Senior Attorney and Director of its Nationwide Initiative to End Forfeiture Darpana Sheth issued the following statement: Civil forfeiture is inherently abusive. No one should…

  • July 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    AirBnB Property Manager Files Constitutional Challenge To Pa. Real Estate Licensing Regime

    Pennsylvania’s protectionist law requires a real estate license, a brick-and-mortar office, passing two exams and working for a broker for three years, just to help manage AirBnB rentals

    Sally Ladd has always had a knack for technology. So as she started to near retirement a few years ago, she saw an opportunity to make some extra money by starting her own business helping fellow Pocono Mountain property owners list and manage their vacation rentals on websites like AirBnB and others. After three years…

  • July 17, 2017    |   Private Property

    Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department “plan[s] to develop policies to increase forfeitures.” Sessions also declared that “adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners,” which suggests plans to undo a widely praised ban on “adoptive” seizures, implemented by then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in January 2015. Following…

  • July 14, 2017    |   Private Property

    To Restrain Civil Forfeiture by the IRS, House Advances Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act

    Named for IJ clients, the act is a welcome first step for forfeiture reform

    “The Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act is a much needed reform of federal forfeiture laws that will protect small-business owners across the country from IRS abuses.”

  • July 12, 2017    |   Private Property

    Fighting On: Hinga’s Automotive Will Appeal Dismissal of Property Rights Lawsuit

    Facing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Potential Fines, Hinga Mbogo Also Announces Plans to Erect a Mural Protesting City’s Use of Retroactive Zoning

    Dallas—On Friday, in a blow to the property rights of all Texans, a Dallas judge dismissed Hinga’s Automotive’s countersuit challenging the city’s use of retroactive zoning to force the car repair shop off the property it occupied for 30 years. Following the decision, Hinga Mbogo, who partnered with the Institute for Justice to fight the…

  • July 10, 2017    |   Private Property

    Connecticut joins 13 other states (including New Hampshire and Vermont) that require convictions for most or all forfeiture cases.

  • June 28, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Louisville, Ky.—Should Louisville fine and tow its food truck scene out of the city just to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from healthy competition? That is the question raised in a new federal lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky by two local food truck owners—Troy King of Pollo and…

  • June 27, 2017    |   School Choice

    Arlington, Va.—In a major and encouraging development for school choice nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a 2015 judgment of the Colorado Supreme Court that had struck down Douglas County, Colorado’s Choice Scholarship Program for elementary and secondary students. The nation’s highest court remanded the case back to the state court, instructing it to…

  • June 26, 2017    |   School Choice

    Supreme Court Rules State Cannot Discriminate Against Religious Institutions When Doling Out Funds for Playground Equipment

    Trinity Lutheran Also Raised Questions Regarding Bigoted & Notorious Blaine Amendments That Still May Be Addressed by High Court through the Institute for Justice’s Douglas County School Choice Case

    Today’s narrow ruling leaves open further debate and legal challenges on state Blaine Amendments, including the Institute for Justice’s appeal of a Colorado school choice case in which the government discriminates against parents who want to select religious schools for their children. Attorneys from the Institute for Justice are the experts on the Blaine Amendments.…

  • June 26, 2017    |   School Choice

    Victory for School Choice in Georgia

    Court Rejects Challenge to Georgia’s Popular Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    Atlanta—In a major victory for students and parents in the Peach State, the Georgia Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed a lower court ruling dismissing a frivolous constitutional challenge to Georgia’s thriving tax credit scholarship program. The Court ruled that the taxpayers who filed the lawsuit are not harmed by the program because it is funded by…

  • June 23, 2017    |   Private Property

    “No one should be denied justice simply because they cannot afford their day in court.”

  • June 14, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—For years, there has been an ongoing debate about the federal government’s role in our healthcare system. But the debate has largely ignored little-known state laws that do nothing more than increase healthcare costs and limit medical options while lining the pockets of established medical businesses. A new federal lawsuit filed by two doctors…

  • June 14, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Chicago—There’s some good news for the taste buds and wallets of people who enjoy the delicious variety of food from around the world available on Chicago’s streets. The Street Vendors Association of Chicago (SVAC), a group of local Mexican immigrants, banded together to open a new shared kitchen space for commercial cooking. This nonprofit venture,…

  • June 13, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Hampshire became the latest state to eliminate an expensive, unnecessary and time-consuming licensing requirement for African-style natural hair braiders thanks to a newly signed law by Gov. Chris Sununu. Sponsored by Rep. Carol McGuire, HB 82 will exempt braiding entirely from the state’s licensing laws. “The government has no business licensing something as safe…

  • June 9, 2017    |   Private Property

    With an hour remaining before his deadline to act, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB 17-1313, a bill that bolsters transparency for civil forfeiture and closes a federal loophole that has generated millions in forfeiture revenue for law enforcement. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and then take title to cash, cars and other…

  • June 8, 2017    |   Private Property

    Connecticut could become the 14th state to require a conviction for most or all forfeiture cases.

  • June 1, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Wisconsin Home Bakers

    Judge Strikes Down Ban on Selling Home-Baked Goods as Unconstitutional

    Madison—Wisconsin became a little freer, and a lot more delicious, after a Lafayette Circuit Court judge struck down the state’s ban on selling home-baked goods as unconstitutional. Wisconsin was one of only two states to ban entrepreneurs like Lisa Kivirist, Kriss Marion and Dela Ends from selling cookies, cakes, muffins and breads simply because they…

  • May 31, 2017    |   First Amendment

    Temporary Reprieve: Oregon Allows Traffic Light Talk While Lawsuit Proceeds

    Federal judge issues order allowing Mats Järlström to discuss traffic light timing while his lawsuit proceeds through the courts

    Arlington, Va.—In an early and important win, yesterday a federal judge issued an order prohibiting Oregon from penalizing Mats Järlström for discussing the timing of stop lights or for calling himself an engineer. The order, which was agreed to by the state, means that Järlström is free to exercise his First Amendment rights to discuss…

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