Press Releases

  • 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…

  • September 8, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability

    In a stunning revival, on Monday, the House of Delegates reconsidered and approved HB 5013, a bill that would let individuals sue law enforcement officers for violating their rights and eliminate “qualified immunity” as a legal defense. HB 5013, which died twice last week–first in committee and then on the House floor–will now head to…

  • September 8, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Can States Force Charities to Disclose Their Donors Thereby Exposing Them to Harassment?

    U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Hear California Case About Donor Privacy

    Arlington, Va.—This term, the U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to hear a First Amendment case with profound implications for nonprofit groups throughout the country. The case, Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra (No. 19-251), concerns whether the California Attorney General can force nonprofit groups to reveal the names of their donors as a condition…

  • September 4, 2020

    Class Action Scores First Round Win in Lawsuit Challenging New Orleans Ankle Monitoring Company

    Lawsuit challenging ankle monitoring company ETOH Monitoring, LLC to move forward

    New Orleans, La.—This afternoon, Judge Carl J. Barbier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against an ankle monitoring company, ETOH Monitoring, LLC (ETOH), for violating New Orleans defendants’ right to neutral adjudication. In May, former New Orleans Criminal District Court…

  • September 4, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability

    On Friday, the Virginia House of Delegates narrowly rejected a bill that would have created a new way for individuals to sue, in state court, law enforcement officers who had violated their rights. Initially introduced by Del. Jeffrey Bourne, HB 5013 would have blocked officers from invoking “qualified immunity” as a defense.  Under qualified immunity,…

  • September 4, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Food Trucks in Door County

    Decision calls Gibraltar’s ordinances "nothing less than illegal and unconstitutional economic protectionism"

    Sturgeon Bay, Wis.—Yesterday afternoon, Judge Todd Ehlers of the Door County Circuit Court struck down the Town of Gibraltar’s vending ordinances as unconstitutional. When White Cottage Red Door owners Chris Hadraba, Jessica Hadraba, Lisa Howard, and Kevin Howard opened a food truck on their store’s parking lot in 2017, town officials launched a campaign to…

  • September 4, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability

    Arlington, Virginia—In a case to be argued November 9, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to create a huge loophole that would allow law enforcement officers and other government officials who violate the constitutional rights of Americans to escape accountability for their actions. The case pits the U.S. Solicitor General—the federal government’s top…

  • September 3, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    New Hampshire Grandparents Sue State Over Unconstitutional Restriction on School “Tuitioning” Program

    Recent U.S. Supreme Court decision bars states from excluding religious schools from educational choice programs

    Concord, N.H.—Dennis and Cathy Griffin live in the small town of Croydon, New Hampshire and are raising their grandson Clayton, who is entering the seventh grade. Because Croydon is so small, it does not operate a middle school and instead pays students’ tuition at nearby private or public schools. But the Griffins are not eligible…

  • September 2, 2020    |   Private Property

    After Homeowners Threaten Lawsuit, Seattle Backs Down From ‘Housing Affordability’ Fees

    After more than a year of refusing to issue a renovation permit, the city changed its mind after the Institute for Justice got involved

    Almost two years ago, Andre and Erika Cherry bought their first home together. The home was a modest two-bedroom fixer-upper built in 1916. After a century of wear and tear, the home showed its age and needed a top-to-bottom renovation—but the Cherrys were up for the challenge. They had always dreamed of owning a home…

  • September 1, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Minnesota Wine Makers Win Right to Use Out-of-State Grapes

    Federal Judge Strikes Down Minnesota’s Protectionist Law Mandating that Winemakers Use Mostly Minnesota Grapes

    Minneapolis, Minn.—In a major victory for winemakers nationwide, yesterday afternoon a federal judge struck down a Minnesota law that prohibits wineries from making wine unless a majority of the grapes are grown in Minnesota—a restriction put in place to protect the state’s grape industry from economic competition. Minnesota’s law, versions of which are enforced in…

  • August 31, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Arlington, Va.—In recent years, nearly every state in the nation has enacted laws criminalizing nonconsensual pornography—nude or sexually explicit images shared without the subject’s consent. These laws seek to address a real problem. In upholding Illinois’s statute, however, the Illinois Supreme Court in People v. Bethany Austin announced a rule that reaches far beyond intimate…

  • August 31, 2020    |   Private Property

    U.S. Supreme Court Case Spotlights Chicago’s Rampant Abuse of Fines & Fees

    Diverse Coalition Files Brief Asking High Court To Come to Aid of Debtor Who Had Car Impounded & Faces Crippling Fines & Fees

    Arlington, Virginia—On October 13, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that addresses the intersection of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the explosion of municipalities using fines and fees to raise revenue across the nation. The case, Chicago v. Fulton, considers to what extent the Bankruptcy Code protects people who are driven into…

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