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  • February 26, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Arlington, Va.—A federal judge dismissed a Maryland farmer’s suit against the FDA filed in order to protect his right to accurately label his all-natural skim milk. Current FDA regulations require that dairy products labelled as skim milk also contain synthetic vitamins. Randy Sowers, represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ), filed a federal lawsuit in…

  • February 24, 2020    |   Private Property

    Innocent Man Beaten Mercilessly by Police Petitions Supreme Court to Restore Constitutional Accountability

    Institute for Justice Asks Supreme Court to End Shell Game Used by State/Federal Task Forces to Avoid Accountability

    Arlington, Virginia—Will the law enforcement officers who mercilessly beat James King—an innocent college student—be held accountable for their actions? Or will they be allowed to continue to hide behind special legal protections afforded to members of state/federal police task forces to escape justice? Last Friday, the Institute for Justice (IJ), which represents King, filed a…

  • February 21, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Victory for Art in Mandan, ND: Lonesome Dove’s Lawsuit Against City Comes to an End

    The lawsuit saved Lonesome Dove’s mural, led Mandan to enact a speech-friendly mural law, and showed that one business can stand up to City Hall.

    Mandan, N.D.—Today, the lawsuit brought by Lonesome Dove saloon owners Brian Berube and August “Augie” Kersten has formally come to an end. Along with the Institute for Justice (IJ), Brian and Augie sued Mandan for trying to ban their mural because it was “intended to advertise an establishment.” Not only did their lawsuit save Lonesome…

  • February 20, 2020    |   Private Property

    Following Lawsuit, Detroit Police Return Car Illegally Seized Using Civil Forfeiture

    Federal Lawsuit Will Proceed on Behalf of Victims of Unconstitutional Vehicles Seizures

    Today, after illegally seizing and holding Robert Reeves’s 1991 Chevrolet Camaro for the last seven months, Detroit police agreed to return it along with $2,280 in cash they seized from him in July 2019. He picked up the car this morning. The police’s sudden change of heart comes on the heels of a federal class…

  • February 20, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Florida House and Senate Advance Occupational Licensing Reform Bills

    Institute for Justice applauds proposals that could create thousands of jobs in the Sunshine State

    Tallahassee, Fla.—House and Senate committees today approved their versions of the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act, bills that would overhaul occupational licensing laws in the state of Florida. The bills, HB 1193 and SB 474, are a top priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has supported licensing reform through administrative action and public statements. All…

  • February 14, 2020

    After Police Brutally Beat & Hospitalized James King, The Government Closed Ranks and Is Using a Legal Shell Game To Avoid Accountability

    IJ Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hold State/Federal Task Forces Accountable For Constitutional Violations

    Arlington, Virginia—In 2014, James King was a law-abiding college student who was brutally beaten and choked unconscious by members of a joint state/federal police task force after they misidentified him as a suspect sought in connection with a non-violent petty crime. Ever since that day, the government has used every tool at its disposal to…

  • February 14, 2020    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Arlington, Va.—In a major win for free speech, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that occupational licensing is not a First Amendment-free zone. The court ruled that a Mississippi technology startup, Vizaline LLC, can go forward with its free speech challenge to a licensing law that a Mississippi regulatory board is attempting…

  • February 13, 2020    |   Private Property

    IJ to SCOTUS: If the Government Abuses Your Rights, It Has to Pay You Back

    Amicus brief asks that government officials be held accountable for violating constitutional rights

    Arlington, Va.—Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether officials from the FBI and other government agencies can be held accountable for violating Americans’ constitutional rights. If the Supreme Court decides they cannot be, it will send a clear message to the FBI and other government agencies that they can trample on constitutional rights…

  • February 10, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Today, a federal judge in the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) policy of silencing anyone who settles an enforcement actions with the agency. The lawsuit was brought by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank that contends…

  • February 10, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—Today, a group of parents partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to defend the Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program, an educational choice initiative, against a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. By formally intervening in the lawsuit, the parents will ensure that the thousands of Tennessee families benefiting from the program are represented as…

  • February 6, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    National School Choice Advocate Announces It Will Defend Nation’s Newest School Choice Program

    Legal attack attempts to end Tennessee’s Education Savings Accounts for K-12

    Arlington, Va.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ)  announced they will intervene to defend the nation’s newest educational choice program from a legal attack announced this morning by Nashville Mayor John Cooper. The mayor announced a lawsuit brought by the Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Shelby County and Metro Nashville Board of Public Education,…

  • February 5, 2020    |   Private Property

    Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to Shutdown Detroit’s Unconstitutional Civil Forfeiture Program

    Case seeks to overturn dangerous precedent enabling Detroit to systematically seize cars from innocent owners and then ransom them back for hundreds or thousands of dollars

    For decades, Detroit police, sheriff’s deputies, and Wayne County prosecutors have systematically abused the constitutional rights of drivers by using a controversial tactic called civil forfeiture to seize and sell thousands of cars—oftentimes from completely innocent owners. Now, the Institute for Justice (IJ)—a nonprofit, public interest law firm—has partnered with a group of Detroit drivers…

  • February 3, 2020

    WHAT:            Appeals Court Hearing WHEN:            Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals for The Fifth Circuit 600 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 70130 Four years ago, while Gerardo Serrano was waiting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border at Eagle Pass, Texas, he snapped a few photos to share on…

  • February 3, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    After Years of Regulatory Uncertainty, Mobile Boutique Owners Receive New Permanent Licenses

    New city rules make room for innovative mobile businesses that sell clothes, art, jewelry, and more

    CHICAGO—Five years ago, Juana Ryan started a mobile art gallery selling her own work and works from other Chicago artists—StellaLily. Her innovative idea, however, did not fit neatly into the city’s regulatory scheme. After more than a year of confusion about how to operate legally, Juana and other mobile boutiques were eventually provided an emerging…

  • January 31, 2020    |   Private Property

    Following Federal Lawsuit, Richland, Wa. Drops Unconstitutional Street-Fees Law

    With change, Linda Cameron can finally renovate her home without also having to pay to renovate a nearby city street

    Following a federal lawsuit brought by the Institute for Justice, the City of Richland has ended its practice of unconstitutionally forcing homeowners to upgrade city streets as a condition of obtaining a building permit. As a result of that change, Linda Cameron is free to renovate her Richland home without first paying upwards of $60,000…

  • January 30, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Proposed Red Tape and Inspections for Lincoln’s Home Bakers Are Unnecessary and Unconstitutional

    National advocate for food entrepreneurs rebukes attempt by Lancaster County Health Department to undermine recently passed state reforms

    Lincoln, Neb.—Less than a year after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation allowing Nebraskans to sell safe homemade foods, the Lancaster County Health Department introduced a bill that, if passed, would be a major step back for food entrepreneurs and the “buy local” movement. The Institute for Justice (IJ), a national advocate for home-based entrepreneurs,…

  • January 21, 2020    |   Private Property

    Mujer de Miami apela a la Corte Suprema para recuperar cada dólar confiscado injustificadamente por agentes federales

    Miladis Salgado luchó con éxito para recuperar el dinero de la quinceañera de su hija, pero ahora el gobierno se niega a pagar los honorarios de su abogado

    MIAMI—El 11 de mayo de 2015, Miladis Salgado regresó a su casa y descubrió que su vida tuvo un giro inesperado. Mientras ella estaba trabajando, la policía ingresó a su casa y confiscó sus ahorros de toda la vida—$15.000 en efectivo que ella estaba ahorrando para la quinceañera de su hija—a partir de información de…

  • January 21, 2020    |   Private Property

    Late yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill (A4970) that will require a criminal conviction before civil forfeiture. Unlike criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture typically allows the government to take and keep property without charging anyone with a crime. Thanks to the governor’s signature, New Jersey is now the 16th state with a conviction prerequisite to…

  • January 16, 2020    |   Private Property

    Institute for Justice Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hold Government Officials Accountable For Destroying Idaho Home with Grenades

    After police had a ten-hour standoff with an empty house—eventually destroying everything inside—a court ruled there wasn’t anything they could do about it. Now the Institute for Justice is launching a new project to ask the courts to reexamine doctrines giving government officials broad immunity from accountability

    If you tell police they can go into your home, does that mean they can also legally stand outside and pepper it with shotgun-fired tear gas grenades—destroying everything inside? That is the question asked by a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States filed today by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf…

  • January 15, 2020    |   Private Property

    Pittsburgh Retiree Sues Federal Government to Get His Life Savings Back

    DEA seized more than $82,000 from retiree’s daughter as she traveled through the Pittsburgh airport

    PITTSBURGH—Terry Rolin’s life savings of $82,373 were seized by the federal government even though he has not been charged with any crime. In fact, his daughter was doing something completely legal—flying domestically with cash—when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized the money in August 2019 at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Today, Terry and his daughter…


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