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  • January 9, 2019    |   First Amendment

    There are many obstacles to publishing a book: editing, design, marketing, and more. But the Cato Institute, a D.C.-based think tank that has published hundreds of books, finds itself facing a new obstacle: the law. In 2018, Cato signed a contract to publish a book written by an American businessman who says he was the…

  • December 14, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair

    Can States Bar Newcomers from Owning a Business?

    Doug and Mary Ketchum moved to Tennessee so they could own and operate a mom-and-pop liquor store there. Doing so would enable them to meet their two main goals:  earning a living and doing so in a way that gives them the flexible schedule they need to take care of their severely disabled and ailing…

  • December 11, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Pennsylvania Collateral Consequences

    Law Denies Women Right to Work Because of Irrelevant Criminal Convictions

    Amanda Spillane was finally getting her life on track. Having gotten hooked on drugs as a teenager, Amanda had committed several crimes and landed in prison for two years. When she got out, Amanda was determined not to waste the rest of her youth. She moved back in with her parents, started working full time…

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