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  • 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…

  • January 6, 2020

    Pottstown Renters Score Major Win In Challenge To Unconstitutional Rental Inspections

    Pottstown Renters Score Major Win In Challenge To Unconstitutional Rental Inspections

    Pottstown, Penn.—This morning, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion vacating and remanding a lower court’s ruling in favor of Pottstown in a lawsuit challenging the borough’s rental inspection ordinance. This law allows the borough to enter residents’ homes without cause and without the residents’ consent. The Court also reversed the trial court’s orders…

  • December 17, 2019    |   Private Property

    The New Jersey Assembly unanimously passed a bill late Monday that would shine a light on “civil forfeiture,” which lets law enforcement seize property without ever charging the owner with a crime. In New Jersey, once property is forfeited, the government can then keep up to 100% of the proceeds, creating a perverse incentive to…

  • December 9, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    PHILADELPHIA—Today, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania denied the Cosmetology Board’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two Philadelphia-area women who want to end an unconstitutional requirement that stands in the way of their careers. The Board used Courtney Haveman’s and Amanda Spillane’s past legal problems to deny them the right…

  • December 5, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Nevada Families Win First Round in Fight to Restore Tax Credits for Scholarships

    Lawsuit maintaining that the Legislature ignored the state’s Constitution to reduce support for educational choice will proceed

    Las Vegas, Nev.—Today, Clark County District Court Judge Rob Bare handed Nevada families a first-round win in their constitutional challenge to a 2019 law that eliminated the automatic annual increase in the amount of tax credits available for donors to the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program. Attorneys for the state were seeking to dismiss the…

  • December 5, 2019

    Lawsuit Challenges Arizona Engineering Licensing Law

    Institute for Justice Partners with Engineer to Challenge Law Requiring Engineers to Obtain License to Call Themselves Engineers or to Be Entrepreneurs

    From satellites in space to circuits for flashlights, Greg Mills has spent his entire career working as an engineer designing and building electronics. But earlier this year, a group of industry insiders sitting on a government board abruptly put Greg’s career on ice. Now he’s fighting back. Greg’s resume reads like a veritable who’s-who of…

  • December 4, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Nepali Immigrants Sue Kentucky Over Law That Stopped Them from Opening a Home Health Care Business

    Kentucky’s certificate of need law lets large providers monopolize home health in most of the state

    Louisville, Ky.—Dipendra Tiwari saw an urgent need for Nepali speakers to receive home health care from workers who understood their language and culture. With thousands of Nepali immigrants living in the Louisville area, he hoped to open a modest business that would employ nurses and health aides qualified to offer services to both the Nepali…

  • December 3, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    North Dakota Health Department Guts Food Freedom Law

    Legislative Committee Approves Department’s Request to Stymie Local Entrepreneurs

    Bismarck, N.D.—Today, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly’s Administrative Rules Committee approved rules to significantly weaken the state’s food freedom law. The Institute for Justice (IJ) has repeatedly urged the Legislature and the state Department of Health not to adopt rules that will significantly impair people’s ability to run their homemade food businesses.  The law, which…

  • November 25, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—On Friday, the Institute for Justice (IJ) submitted comments to the Texas Department of Public Safety supporting rules proposed on October 25, 2019. The rules ease licensing burdens on people with unrelated criminal records who now want to work in the private security industry. Enforcing a new Texas law and directive by Governor Greg Abbott,…

  • November 25, 2019    |   Private Property

    Homeowners Seek Rehearing in House-Destruction Case

    National law firm joins the Lech family’s fight for compensation after police destroy their house in pursuit of shoplifter

    Arlington, Va.—If the government needs to destroy your home to build a freeway or a school, the Constitution entitles you to just compensation. But what if the government needs to destroy your home for some other reason—say, to capture a fugitive who has randomly taken refuge in your house while fleeing the police? Does the…

  • November 20, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Raleigh, N.C.—Today, a state superior court judge denied the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ motion to dismiss a constitutional challenge to a law that bans medical providers from purchasing an MRI scanner without first obtaining special permission—called a “certificate of need,” or CON—from the government. The court cleared the way for the…

  • November 20, 2019    |   Private Property

    Video News Release: Forfeiture Victims Need to Act Now To Get Compensation for Taken Property

    Deadline to apply for cash settlement with city December 6, 2019

    PHILADELPHIA—Philadelphians who lost their property to the city’s abusive civil forfeiture machine must apply by December 6, 2019 to receive a cash settlement. Last fall, the Institute for Justice (IJ) announced an agreement with the city to end a class action lawsuit on behalf of people who had homes, cash and cars wrongfully seized. After…

  • November 19, 2019    |   Private Property

    Civil Forfeiture Victim Takes Her Fight For Attorneys’ Fees to U.S. Supreme Court

    IJ asks Supreme Court to End DOJ’s End Run Around Paying Attorneys’ Fees to Innocent Victims of Civil Forfeiture

    Arlington, Va.—On May 11, 2015, Miladis Salgado returned home to find her life turned upside down. While she was at work, police had raided her home and seized her entire life savings—$15,000 in cash she was saving for her daughter—based on a tip that her estranged husband was dealing drugs. He wasn’t, but that didn’t stop the…

  • November 19, 2019    |   First Amendment

    Should the Government Keep Tabs Of Your Support for Nonprofits?

    Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court Highlights Threat to Nonprofit Donors and Private Charity

    “Charities should not have to show that their donors have been subject to the terroristic threats the NAACP suffered in the 1950s before they will be allowed to keep their donor lists private. By that time, the harm to private speech and association has already been done.” Arlington, Virginia—Would you want the government to know…

  • November 18, 2019    |   Private Property

    U.S. Supreme Court Appeal: In Iowa, Convicted Criminals Can Have Their Records Expunged, But Those Too Poor to Pay Court Debts Are Not So Lucky

    Many Americans struggle to find work because of arrest records, even if they were never convicted or charged with a crime, because they cannot afford to pay court fees

    Arlington, Va.—An Iowa woman is trapped in a Catch-22. Years ago, she was arrested but then never convicted of a crime. The arrest is a public record, standing as a barrier to her getting a good job. By paying her debt to the court system, she could wipe her record clean, a process known as…

  • November 14, 2019

    Washington Supreme Court Reverses Decades of Precedent Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Washingtonians

    Court issues opinion effectively writing large portions of the Washington Constitution out of existence

    In a unanimous opinion issued today in the case of Yim v. City of Seattle, No. 95813-1, the Supreme Court of Washington upheld the city of Seattle’s “First In Time” (FIT) law from a constitutional challenge brought by Seattle landlords. The FIT ordinance required Seattle landlords to offer vacant units to the first qualified applicant.…

  • November 14, 2019

    In a move to end discrimination and provide expanded employment and educational opportunities to Washington’s higher-ed students, yesterday the Washington Student Achievement Council adopted new regulations that will allow students in the state’s Work Study Program to take jobs with religiously affiliated employers. The new regulations were adopted in response to a 2018 lawsuit challenging…

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