Press Releases

  • October 15, 2020    |   Private Property

    Wednesday afternoon, Judge Richard P. Haaz for the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, denied the borough of Pottstown’s motion for a protective order in a lawsuit over its rental inspection law that forces landlords and tenants to open their properties and homes to intrusive inspections. Pottstown renters, a landlord, and residents of a non-rental home the borough attempted…

  • October 13, 2020    |   Economic Liberty Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—The Institute for Justice, a non-profit public interest law firm that advocates for educational choice and economic liberty, filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in support of parents challenging a Dane County, Wisconsin, order closing private (and public) schools for grades 3-12. While Dane County allows childcare and educational camps at…

  • October 7, 2020    |   Private Property

    Arlington, Va.—On Monday, October 5, 2020, Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a settlement order providing systemic relief to thousands of New Yorkers whom the city had targeted for no-fault evictions in years past. For decades, the city used its no-fault eviction program to coerce residents and businesses to enter…

  • October 7, 2020    |   Private Property

    When the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Shelter applied for a zoning permit to open at a new facility in North Wilkesboro, its board of directors was confident that the town would grant the permit. After all, the building is in an ideal location, near businesses and public transit but far from residential areas, and it…

  • October 7, 2020

    Six South Side Businesses Selected for Finals in Pitch Showcase

    Seventh annual South Side Pitch goes online and highlights how existing businesses are confronting the challenges of 2020

    CHICAGO—Six South Side businesses will compete November 5 in the finals of the seventh annual South Side Pitch. The pitch showcase is transforming for this year, highlighting existing businesses that are taking on the challenges of 2020 in new and unique ways. The contest is going online this year to keep contestants, judges and the…

  • October 7, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Case Appealed to Supreme Court Seeks to Prevent Widespread Harassment Of Nonprofit Donors

    In this hyper-partisan, perilous age, would you want the government to collect and potentially share your name and address with those who hate what you stand for?

    America’s Tradition of Donor Privacy in Jeopardy Arlington, Va.—Can the government demand to know your name and home address merely because you’ve contributed to an organization you believe in? Unless the U.S. Supreme Court accepts and overturns the case of Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, that is exactly what will take place in California—opening…

  • September 30, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Late Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will significantly ease restrictions on nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses with advanced degrees who can diagnose symptoms, treat patients and prescribe medicine. Prior to reform, California was one of 22 states that barred NPs from working, or even volunteering in hospitals, unless they were supervised by…

  • September 29, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—This afternoon, The Court of Appeals of Tennessee at Nashville ruled that the Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program Act, enacted in 2019 to give thousands of Tennessee families greater school choice, is unconstitutional under the Home Rule Amendment of the Tennessee Constitution. Natu Bah and Builguissa Diallo, two Tennessee parents who planned to…

  • September 29, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Second California Man Joins Suit for the Right to EMT Certification

    Despite firefighter shortage, former inmates trained to fight forest fires are often blocked from full-time positions

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Fernando Herrera served in one of California’s inmate fire camps. He credits the experience with helping him turn his life around. Even so, Fernando is unable to get certified as a first responder because of his record. Now, Fernando is joining an existing lawsuit from the Institute for Justice (IJ) that challenges California’s ban…

  • September 29, 2020

    Last year, Sylvia Gonzalez—a 72-year-old retiree—was elected to the Castle Hills, Texas city council on the promise that she’d work to make the city more responsive to citizens’ needs. But Gonzalez’s reform agenda did not sit well with the incumbents—representing the city’s entrenched interests—including the mayor and city manager, who residents complained did little to…

  • September 22, 2020

    South Side Pitch Competition Transforms to Help Businesses Confronting the Challenges of 2020

    Public invited to pick their favorite applicants in the competition’s semi-final round

    CHICAGO—Small businesses across the South Side of Chicago are finding creative solutions to confront the economic challenges of 2020. For a seventh year running, the South Side Pitch business competition will highlight inspirational individuals determined to improve their lives and their community. However, unlike the past, this year the competition will focus on existing small…

  • September 18, 2020

    Wilmington, N.C.—Wilmington’s vacation rental owners will have to wait a little longer to celebrate their right to rent their home. Following a decisive win on Tuesday, yesterday the city announced it would appeal the decision and asked the court to suspend enforcement of the order until the appeals process is complete. The city argued that…

  • September 18, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability

    Police Used an Unconstitutional Law to Arrest a Citizen-Journalist, and a Texas Court Let Them Off the Hook

    Now the 5th Circuit will decide whether police officers can enforce a clearly unconstitutional law and get away with it

    Arlington, Va.—Police officers swear to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but can they be held accountable when they blatantly violate that oath? The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will soon consider whether a citizen-journalist in Texas can seek justice after a retaliatory arrest and prosecution. The Institute for Justice (IJ), as part of its recently…

  • September 16, 2020

    IJ Will Appeal Texas Border Forfeiture Case to U.S. Supreme Court

    Case argues that police cannot seize cars indefinitely without giving owners an opportunity to plead their case in front of a judge

    Today, a federal appeals court ruled that law enforcement agencies can seize and keep Americans’ cars indefinitely without giving the owners an opportunity to plead their case in front of a judge. The decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is a blow to the constitutional rights of car-owners in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana,…

  • September 16, 2020

    Wilmington, N.C.—Today, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Richard K. Harrell ruled that Wilmington’s vacation rental law violates a North Carolina statewide law prohibiting municipalities from requiring rental permits. The decision is a win for Peg and David Schroeder, who filed the lawsuit challenging Wilmington’s ordinance imposing a 2% overall cap on vacation-rental properties and requiring…

  • September 16, 2020    |   First Amendment

    New Lawsuit Challenges Unconstitutional Oklahoma Labeling Law that Tries to Herd Vegan Food Companies Out of the State

    Vegan food company Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association fight against compelled disclaimer as a violation of the First Amendment

    OKLAHOMA CITY—All of the food Upton’s Naturals sells is proudly labeled as “100% vegan.” Even though it is already obvious that Upton’s Natural’s foods do not contain meat, a new law in Oklahoma demands that the company include a disclaimer on its label as large and prominent as the product’s name stating that the food…

  • September 15, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court Asks: Can the 9th Circuit Gut a Right and the Constitutional Clause that Protects It?

    U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 150 years ago held that Americans have the right to use the navigable waters of the U.S. So why, after 23 years, are the Courtney brothers still not able to use the waters of Washington’s Lake Chelan?

    Arlington, Virginia—Jim and Cliff Courtney have spent 23 years trying to travel 55 miles by boat—and they have yet to reach their destination. With the petition they filed yesterday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case, the brothers hope their next stop will be before the nation’s High Court. Since 1997, the brothers from…

  • September 10, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability

    IJ Continues to Urge Supreme Court: Hold Government Officials Accountable for Violating Constitutional Rights

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

    Arlington, Va.—On October 6 of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument over whether officials from the FBI and other government agencies can be held accountable for violating Americans’ constitutional rights. The case, which was originally scheduled to be heard in March, is a unique opportunity for the Court to send a clear…

  • September 10, 2020

    Vermont Parents Sue State Over Unconstitutional School Choice Policy

    Recent U.S. Supreme Court decision bars states from discriminating against families who choose religious schools in educational choice programs

    Rutland, VT—Michael and Nancy Valente live in the small town of Mount Holly, Vermont where they are raising their son, Dominic, who is entering the tenth grade. Since Mount Holly is too rural to operate a high school, it instead participates in a state program that gives parents tuition to send students to the school…

  • September 9, 2020    |   Private Property

    Sierra Vista Council Agrees to Let RV Owners Keep Their Homes in Place

    Residents will be allowed to stay while Sierra Vista Planning and Zoning Commission considers amendments to city code

    Sierra Vista, Ariz.—Sierra Vista residents living in RVs in the Cloud 9 mobile home park will be allowed to keep their homes in place according to a letter from the city attorney sent late yesterday. Attorneys at the Institute for Justice (IJ), who were prepared to sue the city on behalf of the residents, were…

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