About the Institute for Justice
IJ is a nonprofit, public interest law firm. Our mission is to end widespread abuses of government power and secure the constitutional rights that allow all Americans to pursue their dreams.
December 7, 2023
IJ argued at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in our class action lawsuit on behalf of US Private Vaults security deposit box renters. The FBI’s seizure of hundreds of boxes violated the clear boundaries of the warrant for the March 2021 raid. The panel of judges seemed highly skeptical of the government’s behavior in acquiring the warrant, which included hiding its intention to take property through civil forfeiture. A win in this case would be a big victory for our Project on the Fourth Amendment.
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Our Issue Areas
Project on Immunity and Accountability
Qualified immunity and other legal doctrines let government workers violate constitutional rights with impunity. IJ works to eliminate these barriers to accountability.
IJ’s Project on the 4th Amendment
Every American is now at risk of government searches, seizures, and surveillance. IJ defends vital rights to privacy and security.
Unlike criminal forfeiture, which takes property from convicted criminals, civil forfeiture does not require property owners to be convicted of a crime—or even charged with one—to permanently lose their cash, cars, businesses or even their homes.
All individuals have the right to produce, advertise, sell, procure, and consume the foods of their choice. IJ ensures they can use these rights to provide for themselves, their families, and their communities.