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Economic Liberty | Other Property Rights Abuses | Private Property

North Carolina Amortization

Dennis and Peg Schroeder have invested substantial money in their home and chose to rent it out as part of their retirement plan. The city of Wilmington is trying to deprive them of their right…

Economic Liberty | Fresh Start | Occupational Licensing

California Firefighter Fresh Start

Dario Gurrola is a part-time firefighter who wants to turn his passion into a full-time job. But California prevents him from getting an EMT license because of a prior criminal conviction for which he’s already…

Fines and Fees | Private Property

Memphis Environmental Court

When a court proceeding may result in a person losing their home, the U.S. Constitution demands a fair process with rigorous safeguards against erroneous deprivation. But the process is Shelby County, Tennessee, is anything but…

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Fines and Fees | Private Property

New Orleans Ankle Monitors

Judges must be impartial when deciding to deprive a person of his or her property. Unfortunately, one judge in New Orleans has been ordering individuals to wear an ankle monitor from a company in which…

Economic Liberty | Occupational Licensing

Utah Private Investigators

Jeremy Barnes is a former police officer who runs his own private investigator company in Idaho, near the Utah border. Utah has prevented Jeremy from earning an honest living because he lives three minutes across…