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  • November 14, 2017

    Job-Killing Licensing: How States Stack Up

    New Report Ranks State Occupational Licensing Laws

    The report, License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing (2nd ed.), released today by the Institute for Justice (IJ), is the most comprehensive look to date at licensing barriers for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs. It details licensing requirements for 102 lower-income occupations across all 50 states and the District of…

  • November 1, 2017    |   Private Property

    Florida Appellate Court Upholds Ban on Front-Yard Vegetable Gardens

    Ruling Means Village of Miami Shores Can Ban Plants Simply Because They Are Edible

    Miami, Fla.—Today Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal dealt a major blow to property rights when it upheld the Village of Miami Shores’ ban on front-yard vegetable gardens. This means homeowners Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll—and others like them—are still banned from growing a front yard garden to provide food for themselves. Hermine and Tom…

  • October 24, 2017

    Lawsuit Challenges California Law Criminalizing Teaching Trade Skills

    Horseshoeing school sues state for right to teach students with limited formal education

    Today, Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School (PCHS), filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California to vindicate his First Amendment right to teach horseshoeing to anybody who wants to learn how. The lawsuit, which was filed by the non-profit Institute for Justice (IJ), challenges a recent California law requiring that…

  • October 20, 2017    |   Private Property

    Feds Capitulate and Return Seized Truck

    IJ and Gerardo Serrano Vow to Press On With Lawsuit Challenging Federal Forfeiture Program

    Laredo, Tx.—Yesterday afternoon Gerardo Serrano climbed into the cab of his Ford F-250 truck, put the key in the ignition, and turned it over. To his surprise, it started, which was shocking given that the truck had been baking in the West Texas desert sun for the last two years. More than two years ago,…

  • October 17, 2017    |   Private Property

    According to a report in the Washington Post, the Department of Justice plans to appoint an internal watchdog unit to oversee its civil forfeiture activities. Following the news, Institute for Justice Attorney Robert Everett Johnson issued the following statement: Attorney General Sessions has appointed the fox to guard the henhouse. For years, DOJ bureaucrats have…

  • October 13, 2017

    Multicultural, Interactive Reading App takes 1st Place in South Side Pitch Competition

    South Side innovator bests more than 160 entrepreneurs to win small business competition.

    Chicago—When Chicago resident Donna Beasley went looking for a gift for her young niece, she never expected to emerge from the experience the winner of a fierce competition for South Side business owners. She just wanted a book to encourage her niece to read, and she wanted it to feature diverse characters that her niece…

  • October 5, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Judge Rules Wisconsin Home-Baked Goods Win Applies to All Bakers

    New Jersey now only state that bans sales of home-baked goods.

    After years of waiting, the people of Wisconsin can finally buy homemade cookies, cakes, muffins and breads directly from home bakers. Today, a Lafayette Circuit Court judge clarified his May 31 ruling that the state’s ban on selling home-baked goods is unconstitutional. Wisconsin officials had argued that the ruling was limited to Lisa Kivirist, Kriss…

  • October 3, 2017    |   First Amendment

    Florida to Health Coach: No License, No Speech

    Major Lawsuit Challenges Censorship of Dietary Advice

    Pensacola, Fla.—In Florida, giving someone advice on what to buy at the grocery store can land you in jail for up to a year. That is because Florida has given licensed dietitians and nutritionists a monopoly on giving paid, dietary advice. But a new First Amendment lawsuit, filed in federal court today by the Institute…

  • September 26, 2017    |   First Amendment

    Orange Park, Fla.—Today an inflatable Mario, the iconic video game character, is back outside Gone Broke Gaming, a popular North Florida video game store. Last summer, local officials in Orange Park (a suburb of Jacksonville) channeled their inner Bowser and smashed Mario for violating the town’s sign code. Threatened with fines of $100 a day,…

  • September 19, 2017    |   Private Property

    With Governor’s Signature, Illinois Now the 25th State to Pass Civil Forfeiture Reform

    Bill Will Protect Innocent Owners, Add New Disclosure Requirements

    Today, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that bolsters transparency for civil forfeiture and strengthens due process protections for innocent property owners. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can seize and then take title to cash, cars and other valuables without charging anyone with—let alone convicting them of—a crime. “Civil forfeiture is one of…

  • September 14, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Rhode Island Hair Braider to Senate: Vote Yes on Braiding Bill During Special Session

    Rhode Island Could Be 24th State to Deregulate Hair Braiding

    Today, a Rhode Island hair braider and the Institute for Justice are asking the Rhode Island Senate to bring a braiding reform bill to a vote during next week’s special session. If enacted, the bill, H.B. 5436, would exempt hair braiders from having to obtain a costly and unnecessary cosmetology license, which costs thousands of…

  • September 13, 2017    |   Private Property

    Civil Forfeiture Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unchecked Power To Seize and Keep Property Indefinitely

    U.S. Border Protection Agency Has Kept Innocent Man’s Truck for Two Years Without Ever Charging Him With a Crime

    Two years ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection used civil forfeiture to seize Gerardo Serrano’s truck at the border crossing in Eagle Pass, Texas. Agents found five low-caliber bullets in the glove box, and now the agency claims the truck is subject to civil forfeiture because those bullets constitute “munitions of war.” The agency still…

  • September 12, 2017    |   Private Property

    Hundreds of members of Congress came together and voted to block an alarming expansion of government power.

  • September 5, 2017    |   Private Property

    The bill is named after two IJ clients who had their entire bank accounts seized by the IRS simply because they frequently deposited or withdrew cash in amounts under $10,000.

  • August 30, 2017

    Bombshell Documents Reveal Secret Plan Between City of Charlestown, Ind. and Private Developer

    Documents from developer detail secret plan to drive down home prices in an effort to reduce the cost of using eminent domain

    Shocking documents released by real estate developer John Neace detail a secret plan between his company, Neace Ventures, and the City of Charlestown to use eminent domain to bulldoze the homes of Pleasant Ridge residents who refuse to sell to the developer. The documents indicate the city and developer planned to drive down home values…

  • August 23, 2017    |   School Choice

    Arlington, Va.—As students return to class this fall, more students than ever will have access to programs that empower parents to choose private educational options, rather than public schools assigned to them based on their zip code. Yet, despite a proven history of satisfying students and parents that now stretches back two and a half…

  • August 23, 2017    |   First Amendment

    North Carolina Makeup Artist Challenges Ban On Makeup Schools

    State Forces Makeup Artists to Spend Hundreds of Hours Teaching Unrelated Topics Before They Can Teach Makeup

    Arlington, Va.—Should makeup artists in North Carolina have to build a full-fledged esthetics school and get a government-mandated license just to teach makeup? No, they should not, according to a major First Amendment lawsuit filed today by a Charlotte-based professional makeup artist and the Institute for Justice. All Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani wants to do is open…

  • August 22, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Website Shows Human Cost of Occupational Licensing Laws hosts occupation and state licensing profiles to guide policy makers and others make informed decisions about licensing laws

    Arlington, Va.—For more than 25 years, the Institute for Justice (IJ) has led the fight nationwide to eliminate burdensome occupational licensing. Now, as part of that ongoing effort, IJ has launched to help policy makers, the public, and everyone in between better understand how occupational licensing laws block Americans’ ability to earn an honest…

  • August 14, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Baltimore Food Truck Case Over 300-Foot Ban Headed to Trial

    Trial Will Show Ban Violates Maryland Constitutional Right to Earn a Living

    Baltimore, Maryland—Hungry Baltimoreans will have to wait a little bit longer for food trucks to serve their favorite locations after a City Circuit Court judge ruled the case should go to trial. The city bans mobile vendors from operating within 300 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that primarily sells the same product or service. At the trial—which…

  • August 7, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    In Victory for Cancer Patients & Their Families, HHS Withdraws Controversial Rule That Would Have Banned Compensating Bone Marrow Donors

    Researchers & Entrepreneurs May Now Create Compensated Donor Programs That Could Save Thousands of Cancer Patients’ Lives; Institute for Justice Declares Final Victory 4 Years After Court Victory, But Thousands of Americans May Have Needlessly Lost Their Lives in Those 4 Years Because of the Government-Imposed Delay

    Arlington, Va.—On Tuesday, August 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) withdrew an unpopular rule proposed by the Obama Administration that would have barred compensation for donors of blood stem cells, commonly known as bone marrow. This action now clears the way for researchers and entrepreneurs to create programs to determine whether…

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