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  • May 26, 2020

    Prescott, Ariz.—When Joshua and Emily Killeen moved to rural Yavapai County, they envisioned building a simple home for themselves and operating a rustic wellness and wedding retreat. Unfortunately, their modest aspirations unraveled when the county banned them from advertising their coming business and hosting free potluck dinners with yoga because their buildings did not have…

  • May 20, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Tennessee parents Natu Bah and Builguissa Diallo today asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to stay the adverse decision against Tennessee’s Education Savings Account Pilot Program Act, which the Chancery Court of Davidson County had declared unconstitutional earlier this month, and to decide the case itself now rather than wait for a decision from the Court…

  • May 19, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    A bill that would protect the livelihoods of more than 1,000 hair and makeup artists is heading to Gov. Tim Walz. Currently, anyone who wants to earn a living applying makeup or styling hair at wedding, proms, or other social gatherings can only legally work if they’ve obtained three separate licenses and permits. But under…

  • May 19, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Airbnb Property Manager Scores Major Win At Pennsylvania Supreme Court

    Court declares that requiring a broker license to assist with vacation rentals appears “unreasonable, unduly oppressive”

    Harrisburg, Penn.—In a victory for economic liberty in Pennsylvania, this morning the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that vacation rental manager Sally Ladd’s constitutional lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission could move forward. Today’s ruling allows Sally to continue challenging requirements in the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (RELRA) that she spend three years…

  • May 19, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Let Them Sell Cake: Lincoln Home Baker Files Lawsuit Challenging City’s Unnecessary Regulations

    City of Lincoln Goes Rogue, Reinstating Regulations Repealed by State Legislature

    Arlington, Va.—Today, home baker Cindy Harper joined with the Institute for Justice (IJ) and Husch Blackwell LLP to file a lawsuit challenging the City of Lincoln for bringing back regulations at the local level that were repealed by the state legislature. In 2019, the Nebraska legislature passed LB 304 to exempt home bakers from having…

  • May 18, 2020

    Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship Asks Small Business Administration to Eliminate Barriers to Emergency Loans

    Requirements not outlined in the law make it difficult for low-income and minority-owned businesses to access funds

    CHICAGO— The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago submitted comments to the Small Business Administration asking it to eliminate red tape that prevents many low-income and minority-owned businesses from accessing emergency loans. The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) is intended to provide loans to small businesses whose operations have been affected…

  • May 18, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Georgia Lactation Consultants Score Major Win at Georgia Supreme Court

    Decision allows legal challenge against unconstitutional licensing law to proceed

    ATLANTA—In a major victory for economic freedom in the Peach State, the Georgia Supreme Court this morning ruled that a constitutional challenge to the state’s new lactation consultant license will go forward. This decision gives hope to Georgians who want to teach women how to breastfeed without an expensive, difficult to obtain license and protects the right to challenge economic liberty restrictions of all kinds.…

  • May 12, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Phoenix, Ariz.—Today, Judge Connie Contes of the Maricopa County Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by engineer Greg Mills and his company, Southwest Engineering Concepts (SOENCO), over Arizona’s statutes governing engineering practice. The court ruled Greg was not yet allowed to sue the Board of Technical Registration, the agency that enforces these statutes, notwithstanding the…

  • May 7, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Tennessee Parents Blast Court Ruling Against ESA Program

    Absent appellate relief, Tennessee parents won’t be able to use ESA program next school year

    Today, the Chancery Court for Davidson County declared that it would not stay its injunction halting Tennessee’s Education Savings Account Pilot Program Act, which the Court had declared unconstitutional Monday. Absent relief from Tennessee’s appellate courts, this means that the state must stop processing ESA applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Natu Bah and Builguissa…

  • May 5, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Nevada Parents Will Appeal Decision in Case to Restore Tax Credits for Scholarships

    Nevada Supreme Court is next stop for case challenging whether elimination of tax credits conforms with the state constitution

    Las Vegas, Nev.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ) announced that it will appeal a judge’s decision upholding the Legislature’s reduction of education tax credits without the super majority required by the state’s constitution. IJ represents three low-income mothers who depend on scholarships to keep their children in their chosen schools. The ruling can be directly appealed to the Nevada…

  • May 5, 2020

    Tennessee Parents Defending ESA Program In Court Vow To Appeal Ruling

    Program intended to give thousands of Tennessean families access to better schools

    Monday evening, the Chancery Court for Davidson County held that Tennessee’s ESA Pilot Program Act violated the Home Rule Amendment of the Tennessee Constitution and enjoined further implementation of the program. The ruling follows a February lawsuit on behalf of the governments of Nashville and Shelby County along with the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public…

  • May 5, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Homemade Food Producers Join Lawsuit to Restore Food Freedom to North Dakota

    State bureaucrats defied the Legislature and deprive North Dakotans of freedom to support their farms and families

    Bismarck, N.D.—Today, two North Dakota women joined a lawsuit with the Institute for Justice (IJ) against the North Dakota Department of Health for defying the Legislature and illegally crippling the Cottage Food Act. Their lawsuit aims to restore the food freedom North Dakotans had from 2017 until 2020, when North Dakotans could sell virtually any…

  • April 30, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, VA.—This week the Institute for Justice (IJ) took another step in its campaign to rid the nation of so-called certificate of need (CON) laws, which artificially limit doctors, hospital administrators and other medical professionals’ ability to provide services in excess of a governmentally determined “need.” In a series of letters to governors across the…

  • April 30, 2020    |   Private Property

    New report: State laws may promote municipal fines and fees abuse

    Abuse likely to worsen amid COVID-19 crisis as municipalities search for revenue streams

    Arlington, Va.—Cities and towns nationwide use their power to enforce traffic, property code and other ordinances to raise revenue rather than solely to protect the public. Such “taxation by citation” is a perennial problem, but it could worsen in the coming months when many municipalities will find themselves facing budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19…

  • April 30, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Idaho Man Sues Utah For Patently Unconstitutional, Protectionist Licensing Law

    Man living three minutes from Utah prohibited from working in Utah for not living in Utah

    Jeremy Barnes learned the hard way how Utah is unlike any other state. A former police officer turned entrepreneur, Jeremy started a private investigation business three minutes from the Utah border in rural Franklin, Idaho, part of the Logan metropolitan area. He did so planning to serve clients in both Idaho and Utah. In Idaho,…

  • April 28, 2020    |   Private Property

    Ohio Supreme Court Declines to Consider Whether Lower Courts May Create Barriers to Lawsuits

    Lower court decisions held that sending a lawsuit to a city’s attorney is not enough to alert the city that it had been sued

    Akron, Ohio—Today, the Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case challenging Akron’s refusal to allow Sage Lewis and The Homeless Charity to operate a homeless community on private commercial property. In appealing the permit denial, Sage’s attorneys sent the court documents to the city’s attorney. However, the Ninth District Court of…

  • April 28, 2020    |   Private Property

    14 Months After U.S. Supreme Court Victory, Tyson Timbs Wins Civil Forfeiture Case

    Seven years after car’s seizure, trial court orders State of Indiana to return the vehicle “immediately.”

    Arlington, Va.—In February 2019, Indiana resident Tyson Timbs made national headlines when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 8th Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause applies not just to the federal government, but to the states, as well. That decision established a rule of law for Americans nationwide. But it didn’t get Tyson his car back.…

  • April 28, 2020

    Institute for Justice Urges States to Expand Access to Telemedicine

    Burdensome licensing requirements reduce access to at-home care

    Arlington, Va.—As states scramble to shore up their medical systems, the Institute for Justice (IJ) is urging state regulators to drop barriers limiting residents’ access to telemedicine. In a series of letters, IJ attorneys urged regulators in Arizona, Illinois and Minnesota to immediately allow out-of-state doctors to provide medical advice using smartphone apps, video conferencing…

  • April 27, 2020    |   First Amendment

    FDA Clears the Way for Family-Run Farm to Sell Truthfully Labeled Pure Skim Milk

    Official letter instructs that federal and state agencies are no longer required to enforce federal requirement that skim milk without artificial vitamins must be labeled as “imitation”

    Arlington, Va.—A family-run dairy farm in Maryland has won the right to sell its pure skim milk without having to label the milk as “imitation.” According to written FDA regulations, only skim milk with artificial vitamins A and D added can be labeled as “skim milk.” However, in response to a lawsuit, the FDA publicly…

  • April 24, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Only a week after the Institute for Justice (IJ) sent a letter to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer urging her to allow garden centers and nurseries to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor has done exactly that. On Friday, she rescinded an earlier executive order that had prohibited these vital businesses from operating and issued a new order…


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