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  • December 14, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    U.S. Supreme Court Case Takes On Anticompetitive Liquor Laws That Keep Out Newcomers

    In Tennessee, you can run for governor after residing in the state for seven years, but you can’t renew your liquor license until you’ve lived there for 10 years

    Arlington, Va.—Doug and Mary Ketchum moved to Memphis in 2016 with the dream of buying a business that would give them more time with their 32-year-old daughter, Stacie, who has been severely handicapped since an early age, and who doesn’t have many years left to live, according to their doctor. But, thanks to the actions…

  • December 12, 2018    |   Educational Choice

    Montana Supreme Court Strikes Down Scholarship Tax Credit Program

    Institute for Justice and Parents will appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

    Helena, Mont.—Today, by a 5 to 2 vote, the Montana State Supreme Court reversed a lower court to declare that the state’s scholarship tax credit program is unconstitutional. This marks the first time that a state supreme court has struck down such a program. The program provides scholarships to needy families to attend the private…

  • December 12, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Denied the Right to Work, Pennsylvania Women Sue to End Unconstitutional Licensing Law

    Pennsylvania Cosmetology Board uses irrelevant and old criminal convictions to deny licenses after individuals invest time and money in education

    PHILADELPHIA—Two Pennsylvania women denied licenses by the Pennsylvania Cosmetology Board are suing in the Commonwealth Court to end an unconstitutional requirement that stands in the way of careers in cosmetology. Courtney Haveman and Amanda Spillane, who live near Philadelphia, struggled with substance abuse, but have been sober and stayed out of trouble for years. The…

  • December 11, 2018    |   Private Property

    Class Action Lawsuit Against NYC’s No-Fault Evictions Machine Can Proceed

    Second Circuit Allows Constitutional Claims To Be Tested

    Today, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York improperly dismissed a class-action lawsuit challenging New York City’s extraction of unconstitutional settlement agreements. Through its no-fault eviction program, the NYPD threatened to evict businesses and residents when somebody—even a total stranger—committed a crime at…

  • December 10, 2018

    Federal Judge Affirms Decision Protecting First Amendment Rights of Tour Guides

    Ruling solidifies victory for tour guides denied licenses

    Charleston, S.C.—Judge David Norton of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina today affirmed his August 2018 decision protecting the First Amendment rights of Charleston tour guides. The city’s tour guide licensing law was challenged by three would-be tour guides—Kimberly Billups, Michael Warfield and Michael Nolan—who joined with the Institute for Justice…

  • December 6, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Food Truck Owners Fight For Right To Do Business In Fort Pierce, Fla.

    Food Truck Owners Challenge One of the Most Anti-Competitive Vending Restrictions in the Country

    As the owner of the Taco Trap food truck, Benny Diaz has reaped the rewards of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. He started out making his unique taco creations from his grandmother’s recipes at a restaurant in Port St. Lucie, Florida. From there, patrons encouraged him to start a business of his own. Benny’s…

  • December 4, 2018    |   Private Property

    Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Seattle’s Mandatory Rental Inspection Law

    Seattle Inspection Law Treats Tenants as Second-Class Citizens and Tramples Constitutional Right to Privacy

    SEATTLE, Wa.—Today, a group of Seattle tenants and landlords partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ)  to file a class action lawsuit challenging the city’s use of invasive, warrantless searches to inspect rental units. The lawsuit, which was filed in King County Superior Court, argues that the city’s program is a clear violation of the…

  • November 15, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Report: End of Wisconsin’s Home-Baking Ban Provided Immediate Economic Benefits for Entrepreneurs

    Business Is Booming One Year After State Declares Prohibition Unconstitutional

    This Thanksgiving, Wisconsin’s home bakers can legally sell homemade apple pies, sugar cookies and other delicious treats to hungry Wisconsinites. They have not had this opportunity for long: In October 2017, following a lawsuit by the Institute for Justice (IJ), a Wisconsin court ruled a law prohibiting entrepreneurs from selling home-baked goods—even a single cookie—was…

  • November 14, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    At what cost licensing? Occupational licensing kills jobs, costs consumers and the economy billions

    New report provides new national and state-level estimates of licensing’s costs, confirms licensing’s growth

    Arlington, Va.­­­­—State occupational licensing laws force people to spend time and money earning a license instead of earning a living. But these laws also impose real costs on the wider economy—nearly 2 million lost jobs and billions of dollars in losses for consumers and the wider economy, according to a new Institute for Justice study.…

  • October 30, 2018

    Institute for Justice Will Oppose Attempt to Intervene in Challenge to Maine’s Tuition Program

    “The proposed intervenors cannot claim any constitutional harm...”

    Arlington, Va.—The Institute for Justice (IJ) released the following statement from senior attorney Tim Keller in response to today’s motion to intervene in the case: “The Institute for Justice and First Liberty Institute will oppose the motion to intervene in our suit against Maine over the unconstitutional restrictions in the high school tuitioning program. The…

  • October 22, 2018    |   Private Property

    MEDIA ADVISORY EVENT: Can the Government Bulldoze Your Home for No Reason? N.J. Appeals Court to Hear Argument In Atlantic City Eminent Domain Abuse Case DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. PLACE: New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division Brennan Courthouse 583 Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07306 PARTICIPANTS: Robert McNamara and Dan Alban, Attorneys,…

  • October 16, 2018    |   Private Property

    Akron Charity Sues for Right to Shelter the Homeless

    City refuses to allow man to use his commercial property to host tent community; fears tents will be gone by Thanksgiving

    Akron, Ohio—Since ancient times, good samaritans have used their land to shelter the neediest. That tradition continues today in Akron, Ohio, where Sage Lewis—a local entrepreneur—welcomed a group of homeless people to set up tents in the back lot of his business after the city forced them off public land. That was more than a…

  • October 15, 2018    |   Private Property

    With the midterms just three weeks away, a new poll found widespread opposition to civil forfeiture, a controversial practice that lets law enforcement agencies seize and keep property, without a criminal conviction or even filing charges. Conducted by the Institute for Justice and YouGov, the poll found that 76 percent of Americans would be more…

  • October 15, 2018    |   Other

    South Side Pitch Crowns Winner in Fifth Annual Business Competition

    Innovative exercise solution Liv Labs rises above 130 competitors

    CHICAGO—Five South Side entrepreneurs took the stage last week with three crowned winners and all the contestants gaining valuable experience in promoting their unique business idea. For five years running, the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) has hosted South Side Pitch. Liv Labs, an innovative solution to help women exercise with confidence,…

  • October 10, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Carolina Beach Food Trucks

    Town rules out protectionist ordinance

    Carolina Beach, N.C.—At a public town council meeting last night, the Carolina Beach council announced that it intends to make Carolina Beach a leader for food truck freedom and remove, rather than enact, barriers to competition. This comes six weeks after it repealed an unconstitutional ordinance requiring food truck owners own a brick-and-mortar restaurant in…

  • October 10, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Fish Creek Small Business Fights for the Right to Run a Food Truck

    Town board that banned businesses on wheels sued for violating Wisconsin’s Constitution

    Sturgeon Bay, Wis.—The owners of White Cottage Red Door, a Door County shop known for “everything cherry,” filed a constitutional challenge to the town of Gibraltar’s food-truck ban. When the small business opened a food truck in its parking lot in the summer of 2017, the Town of Gibraltar’s board, chaired by a local brick-and-mortar…

  • October 9, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Missouri Hair Braiding Case

    Decision effectively ends case after state’s new stand-alone braiding license went into effect

    Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court today effectively brought to an end a four-year challenge to Missouri’s licensing of African-style hair braiders. The braiders, working with the Institute for Justice (IJ), challenged the state’s requirement that they spend thousands of dollars on 1,500 hours of cosmetology training even though the training did not cover braiding. Earlier…

  • October 5, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    New Jersey Creates New License for Natural Hair Braiders

    License Shaves Off Over 1,100 Hours of Useless Classes

    On Thursday, a new specialty license for African-style natural hair braiders was signed into law in New Jersey. Under the law (A-3754), a braider can now become licensed after completing a maximum of 40 to 50 hours of coursework, depending on their experience level. Previously, braiders could only legally work if they had a cosmetology…

  • October 3, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order on Wednesday to reform the state’s “overly-restrictive licensure schemes.” Today, occupational licensing  is one of the biggest labor market barriers in the nation, with one-third of New Mexico’s workforce needing either a license or certification to legally work. That red tape also raises prices for consumers…

  • October 2, 2018    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Texas Veterinarian Fights for Right to Give Professional Advice

    Files First Amendment Lawsuit With Major Implications for Free Speech and Occupational Telepractice

    For a decade, licensed veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines gave advice online from his Texas home to pet owners across the world. Then, the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners said that his advice was illegal—not because it harmed an animal or was inaccurate, but because Texas prohibits veterinarians from sharing their expertise with pet…


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