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  • December 18, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Chicago’s Food Truck Laws

    Cupcakes for Courage Will Appeal to Illinois Supreme Court

    Chicago—Today, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District dealt a major blow to Chicago’s food truck scene when it upheld two controversial provisions in the city’s food truck laws: its ban on operating a food truck within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant and its requirement that food trucks install GPS tracking devices that broadcast their…

  • December 18, 2017    |   Private Property

    On Friday, the city of Charlestown filed a notice of appeal with the Indiana Court of Appeals signaling that it will appeal Judge Jason Mount’s granting of a preliminary injunction against the city’s illegal and unconstitutional scheme to force people to sell their properties to developer John Neace at fire-sale prices. In response to the…

  • December 14, 2017    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Portland, Ore.—On December 14, 2017, Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, denied a request of Oregon’s engineering-licensing board to close a First Amendment challenge brought by Mats Järlström. Mats sued the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying this past April, after the…

  • December 13, 2017    |   Educational Choice

    Victory for School Choice in Florida

    Appellate Court Rejects Arguments Against Two Popular School Choice Programs

    Tallahassee—Today, in a major victory for more than 130,000 students in Florida, the First District Court of Appeal affirmed a lower court ruling that Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) and McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities are constitutional. The court held that the challenge to the FTC was eliminated by its earlier 2016 ruling…

  • December 7, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—New Jersey is the only state to completely ban the sale of cookies, cakes and muffins that were made in a home kitchen—and bakers caught selling even one homemade baked good face up to $1,000 in fines. But a new lawsuit filed today in state court by a group of home bakers, the New…

  • December 6, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—It costs around $1,900 a month for working parents to send their babies and toddlers to daycare in Washington, D.C., making it the most expensive in the United States. But D.C. wants to drive up the cost of child care by forcing hundreds of already-qualified daycare workers to spend thousands of dollars getting an…

  • December 5, 2017    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Nashville—Kings of Leon began its award-winning music career in an American garage studio. But if it tried to do so in Nashville today, it would strike a sour note with the city. So instead of making music at home in Music City, U.S.A., a Nashville recording artist is joining with a local hair stylist to…

  • December 4, 2017    |   Private Property

    Judge Shuts Down Charlestown Land Grab, Grants Preliminary Injunction to Pleasant Ridge Residents

    Court Rules Charlestown’s Attempt to Bulldoze Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Unconstitutional; The Ruling Immediately Stops Illegal Fines

    CHARLESTOWN,IND.—Today, Indiana Judge Jason Mount ruled that the city of Charlestown’s illegal land grab in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood is likely unconstitutional. Judge Mount granted Pleasant Ridge homeowners’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, which immediately stops the city’s use of unconscionably high housing code fines to compel property owners to sell to a private developer,…

  • December 1, 2017

    Innocent Musician’s Life Savings Seized by Law Enforcement

    Institute for Justice Challenges Use of Roadside Waivers To Forfeit Property in Wyoming

    Arlington, Va.—Carrying large amounts of cash is not a crime, yet state and local law enforcement agencies are finding ways to seize and keep cash without charging anyone with a crime. Wyoming law enforcement officials are pressuring motorists into signing pre-printed waivers that “give” their lawfully earned cash to law enforcement and waive their right…

  • 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…

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