The Institute for Justice has won eight U.S. Supreme Court cases, and currently has two cases pending argument this term.

Collectively, these cases span all our litigation areas. Our victories have vindicated the right to earn an honest living, expanded educational opportunity for millions of children, defended free speech, and strengthened the Constitution’s protection for Americans’ property.

DeVillier v. Texas is IJ’s next case at the Court. Richie DeVillier and his family are seeking compensation from Texas after the construction of a concrete barrier along a highway caused several devastating floods on his property. We are asking the Court to hold that the Constitution means what it says under the Fifth Amendment: that the government must pay “just compensation” when it takes private property.

IJ will also argue Gonzalez v. Trevino this term. Texas grandmother Sylvia Gonzalez sued officials in Castle Hills, Texas after they arrested her as punishment for criticizing the city manager. We are asking the Court to reconsider how government officials are given immunity when they conspire to jail their critics.

Even when IJ loses—which has happened only twice—we keep fighting to change the law and get justice for our clients. Following a technical win for the government, James King is still in court, with IJ by his side, fighting to hold accountable the Michigan police officer and FBI agent who misidentified him, beat him, and then lied to make sure he was charged with crimes. And after the Supreme Court ruled private developers could take Susette Kelo’s little pink house, IJ created a grassroots movement for reform and continued to win eminent domain abuse cases in state supreme courts. In the wake of the Court’s widely decried decision, almost every state changed its laws to make it harder for the government to take property and give it to private developers.

You can learn more about each of IJ’s Supreme Court cases below.

Other Supreme Court Cases

Private Property

DeVillier v. Texas

Supreme Court Argument DeVillier v. Texas was argued at the United States Supreme Court on January 16th, 2024. Question Presented to the Court: May a person whose property is taken without compensation seek redress under…