Are you a business owner?

Have government officials been snooping around your business, records, or other private property without permission or a warrant? 

We want to hear from you!

Government officials often think they can intrude on private business premises without consent or a warrant due to a misguided legal rule called the “closely regulated businesses doctrine.” That doctrine, which stems from a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases from the 1970s, has convinced many government officials that they can intrude on business premises whenever and however they please.

But that’s wrong—the Fourth Amendment protects businesses from unreasonable intrusion just like any other private property. 

For years, an Ohio state regulation allowed game wardens to enter taxidermy shops without a warrant to inspect records. Representing taxidermist Jeremy Bennett in a lawsuit, IJ succeeded in getting Ohio to change its rule and securing compensation for Jeremy.

If you’ve had problems with intrusive government inspections, please fill out the form below.

IJ attorneys will review your potential case.

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