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  • October 28, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Baton Rouge, La.—A judge in Baton Rouge this morning denied the Louisiana Board of Cosmetology’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from three Louisiana hair braiders contesting the state’s hair braiding license. Current Louisiana licensing requirements force hair braiders to undergo 500 hours of training to legally braid hair as a career in the state, the…

  • October 28, 2019    |   Private Property

    With Indiana Supreme Court Ruling, Tyson Timbs Is One Step Closer to Getting His Car Back

    Indiana Supreme Court declares that the state does not have a free hand to impose excessive fines and forfeitures

    Arlington, Va.—In a path-marking ruling, today the Indiana Supreme Court announced that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause secures meaningful protections against exorbitant fines and forfeitures. The case of State of Indiana v. Tyson Timbs was back before the court after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Tyson Timbs’s favor in February on the question…

  • October 25, 2019    |   Other

    Arlington, Va.—On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether federal officials can be brought before a federal court to answer for violating another person’s constitutional rights. There is no question state and local government officials can; the question is whether the same rule should apply to federal officers. The case, Hernandez v. Mesa,…

  • October 24, 2019    |   Private Property

    New Report: Cities Pay a Price for Excessive Ticketing

    Investigation of Georgia cities finds heavy reliance on fines and fees revenue puts citizens’ rights and community trust at risk

    Arlington, Va.—Across the nation, cities and their court systems impose major fines and fees for minor traffic and municipal code violations—often using the revenue to fund municipal and court operations. A new Institute for Justice (IJ) study examines such “taxation by citation,” finding that when cities use their enforcement powers more to raise revenue than…

  • October 24, 2019    |   Private Property

    New Report: Georgia Cities Pay a Price for Excessive Ticketing

    Investigation of three Georgia cities finds heavy reliance on fines and fees revenue puts citizens’ rights and community trust at risk

    Arlington, Va.—Across the nation, cities and their court systems impose major fines and fees for minor traffic and municipal code violations—often using the revenue to fund municipal and court operations. A new Institute for Justice (IJ) study examines such “taxation by citation” in three Georgia cities, finding that when cities use their enforcement powers more…

  • October 23, 2019    |   First Amendment

    Does the First Amendment Protect Teaching for a Living?

    That’s the question the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear tomorrow in San Francisco

    Tomorrow, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear a case asking whether the First Amendment protects teachers’ right to teach and students’ right to learn. Bob Smith runs Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School (PCHS) just outside of Sacramento, Ca. He teaches aspiring farriers how to shoe horses. For students with limited formal…

  • October 22, 2019    |   Private Property

    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.…

  • October 16, 2019    |   First Amendment

    After winning his First Amendment right to challenge the timing of yellow lights in court, now Mats Jarlstrom—along with a team of others—has also convinced the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) to reevaluate its guidelines for the timing of traffic signals. In 2017, the Institute for Justice (IJ) partnered with Mats to file a lawsuit…

  • October 15, 2019    |   Private Property

    Pleasant Ridge Homeowners Will Have Their Day In Court

    Judge orders November trial on homeowners’ claims that the city of Charlestown violated the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions

    Charlestown, Ind.—The homeowners in Charlestown’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood will see Charlestown Mayor Robert Hall and his staff in court on November 12, 2019 for the start of a five-day trial on the homeowners’ claims that the city violated their constitutional rights. Yesterday, Judge Jason M. Mount of Scott County, sitting by special designation in Clark…

  • October 11, 2019

    South Side Pitch Crowns Winner in Annual Business Competition

    All-natural detergent company Dinobi Detergent rises above 120 competitors

    CHICAGO—Six South Side entrepreneurs took the stage last night with three crowned winners and all the contestants gaining valuable experience in promoting their unique business ideas. For six years running, the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) has hosted South Side Pitch. Dinobi Detergent, which makes an all natural detergent, took first place…

  • October 10, 2019    |   Private Property

    First Round Victory in Challenge to Compulsory-Eviction Law

    Federal court issues two emergency injunctions against Granite City, Illinois’ “crime free housing” law

    Yesterday, Judge Staci M. Yandle of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois issued temporary restraining orders protecting two Granite City families from eviction under the city’s compulsory-eviction law. Represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ), the two families had filed civil-rights lawsuits against the city, the first in August and the…

  • October 9, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Food Fight Turns into Major Privacy Battle In U.S. Supreme Court Appeal

    Chicago Demands Food Trucks Install GPS Tracking Systems To Prevent Them from Competing with Politically Powerful Restaurants; Illinois Supreme Court Ruled GPS Tracking Doesn’t Constitute a Search

    Arlington, Va.—“If the government forces you to install a GPS device and can track your whereabouts, that is a search. But the Illinois Supreme Court ruled otherwise. That is why we are appealing this case to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Robert Frommer, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice (IJ). IJ recently filed…

  • October 8, 2019    |   Private Property

    Washington Homeowner Sues for Right to Renovate Her Home

    Lawsuit challenges city law requiring homeowners to pay exorbitant fees to fix up city streets before they can renovate their homes

    After living in her one-bedroom, one-bathroom house for nearly 40 years, Richland, Wash. resident Linda Cameron decided it was time for a renovation. Between visits from her friends and family, her modest home was proving to be too cramped, so she worked with a local builder to draw up plans to add a second bedroom…

  • October 2, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Virginia—More than 30 amicus (or “friend-of-the-court”) briefs have been filed in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue calling for greater educational choice for parents and their children.  Espinoza, which is being litigated by the Institute for Justice (IJ), is expected to set a landmark precedent when it comes to education reform and will decide…

  • October 2, 2019

    U.S. Supreme Court Will Soon Hear Landmark Education Case

    IJ Brief Makes Constitutional Case For Including Religious Options In School Choice Programs

    Arlington, Virginia—Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court returns for another term and among the cases it will hear is Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case expected to set a landmark precedent when it comes to education reform. Espinoza, which is being litigated by the Institute for Justice (IJ), will decide whether states may…

  • October 1, 2019    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Today, Nashville’s Chancery Court of Davidson County upheld Nashville’s client prohibition for home-based businesses, preventing music producer Lij Shaw from recording musicians at his in-home studio and hair stylist Pat Raynor from cutting the hair of her long-time clients in a state-approved single-chair salon she built in her house. The lawsuit against Nashville’s home business…

  • September 30, 2019    |   Private Property

    More Chicagoans Join Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Impound Racket

    The city holds cars ransom until innocent people pay for others’ crimes

    CHICAGO—Two more Chicago area residents joined a lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice (IJ) seeking to end Chicago’s unconstitutional impound scheme. Each year, Chicago impounds tens of thousands of cars, imposing harsh penalties and rapidly accruing towing and storage fees on their owners. The system traps even innocent owners in its bureaucratic maze. Since…

  • September 27, 2019    |   Private Property

    UPDATE: Landlord and Tenants Temporarily Halt Illinois City’s Unconstitutional Home Inspections

    Federal court enters agreed order ceasing warrantless inspections in Zion, Ill. as legal challenge proceeds

    CHICAGO—This morning, after a hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the city of Zion, Ill. agreed to cease all inspections, fines and notices against landlord Josefina Lozano or any of her tenants. Facing ruinous fines for refusing warrantless inspections, Josefina and three of her tenants—Della Sims, Dorice Pierce and Robert Pierce—teamed up with the…

  • September 27, 2019    |   Private Property

    Landlord and Tenants Sue Illinois City Challenging Unconstitutional Home Inspections

    Zion, Ill. threatens ruinous fines unless landlord forces warrantless searches on unwilling tenants

    Zion, Ill.—Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, there is only one option for the government when it wants to search a home without the occupant’s consent: get a warrant. In Zion, Illinois, however, the government operates by a different set of rules. Zion’s rental inspection ordinance gives it license to fine landlords up…

  • September 24, 2019

    Six South Side Entrepreneurs Move on to Finals in Pitch Showcase

    Sixth annual South Side Pitch competition will demonstrate business savvy of South Siders

    CHICAGO— The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) is proud to announce the finalists who will pitch their innovative businesses to a crowd of 250 at South Side Pitch 2019 on Thursday, October 10. The IJ Clinic started hosting South Side Pitch in 2014 to shine a light on the entrepreneurial energy of Chicago’s South Side. This year, the competition received more than 100 applications. The six finalists below will compete for a shot at $11,000 in cash prizes and a year of membership to the Polsky Exchange in Hyde Park.


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