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  • August 15, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Nevada Families Ask Court to Restore Tax Credits for Scholarships

    Legislature passed bill without supermajority required for revenue-raising bills

    Las Vegas, Nev.—As Nevada students return to classrooms this week, some will not be attending the schools their families wanted for them. Earlier this year, the Nevada Legislature eliminated the automatic annual increase in the amount of tax credits available for donors to the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program. However, this revenue-raising measure was not…

  • August 13, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Every day, lawyers at the Institute for Justice advocate for the end of the protectionism inherent in occupational licensing laws.  They don’t overlook their own profession. Continuing education requirements impose an expensive and often useless cost on licensed practitioners.  That’s true for lawyers, real estate brokers, doctors and other licensed workers.  IJ and attorneys from…

  • August 9, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—Today, Institute for Justice client Visibly hit the pause button on challenges to South Carolina and Indiana laws banning its online vision testing software. This move comes in response to a shift in Food and Drug Administration policy on how such technology is classified—a shift that requires the company to re-apply for FDA approval…

  • August 1, 2019

    Illinois Family Sues to End Law Threatening Them With Compulsory Eviction for a Crime They Did Not Commit

    After a house guest was arrested, Granite City, Ill. police are now trying to evict everyone in the home: An innocent family with three teenaged kids

    On a sunny afternoon last month, Jessica Barron and Kenny Wylie were startled to hear a knock on the door of their home on a quiet street in Granite City, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. The knock quickly turned into pounding and a call: “Police, open up!” Adrenaline rushing, they told their kids to…

  • July 29, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Minneapolis—Minnesotans became one step closer to having more wine options today when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that two Minnesota wineries can move forward with their challenge to a little-known but onerous state law that severely restricts the kinds of grapes they can use to make wine. Under the law, a winery…

  • July 26, 2019

    Mandan, N.D.—Following a federal court order in Lonesome Dove’s lawsuit against Mandan over the city’s mural guidelines, all Mandan businesses are free to display murals without the government’s permission as the lawsuit continues. On July 11, Magistrate Judge Clare R. Hochhalter of the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota ordered that “The…

  • July 26, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Chicago, Ill.—Carmen Nava-Najera, known to her customers as Mrs. Nava, has been selling her handmade tamales on Chicago streets for 22 years. Now, after a long struggle, Mrs. Nava’s tamale cart has been licensed by the city. She is the first member of the Street Vendors Association of Chicago to have her equipment approved, paving…

  • July 26, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Chicago, Ill.-Carmen Nava-Najera, conocida por sus clientes como Mrs. Nava, ha estado vendiendo sus tamales hechos a mano en las calles de Chicago durante 22 años. Ahora, después de una larga lucha, el carro para tamales de la Sra. Nava ha sido autorizado por la ciudad. Ella es el primer miembro de la Asociación de…

  • July 24, 2019    |   First Amendment

    Freelance Novelists Sue Charlottesville to Protect Their First Amendment Rights

    Freelance authors are being charged a tax from which institutional writers are exempt

    Charlottesville, Va.— Last summer, Charlottesville tax collectors sent Corban Addison a letter ordering him to pay thousands of dollars in business license taxes he had unknowingly been accruing since 2015. There’s just one problem with the city’s demand: Corban does not run a business or a storefront of any kind. He is simply a novelist…

  • July 22, 2019    |   First Amendment

    Another Lawsuit Challenges Meat Labeling Laws

    Plaintiffs in Mississippi lawsuit support similar legal action in Arkansas to stop a law that bans plant-based foods from using meat product terms like “burger” and “bacon”

    Arlington, Va.—Laws banning vegan and vegetarian foods from using common meat terms such as “burger” and “bacon” passed in several states earlier this year. Today, a new First Amendment lawsuit was launched against one of these laws in Arkansas. Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ),…

  • July 18, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Federal Court Upholds Censorship of Dietary Advice

    Health Coach Plans to Appeal Decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

    Pensacola, Fl.—In a blow to entrepreneurs across the Sunshine State, a federal judge yesterday upheld a Florida law that gives state licensed dietitians and nutritionists a monopoly on giving individualized dietary advice. The ruling means that privately certified health coaches like plaintiff Heather Del Castillo can face up to a year in jail or $1,000…

  • July 16, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Food Truck Advocates Ask Court to Force Council Members to Provide Public Records

    Sponsors of ordinance that could cripple industry have stonewalled Open Records Act request for months

    Louisville, Ky.—It is time to shed light on why some Metro Council members keep pushing new food truck regulations. This morning, the Institute for Justice (IJ) sued four Metro Council members who are refusing to turn over public records. This is the latest action in a legal battle that began in 2017 when two Louisville…

  • July 11, 2019

    New Podcast Asks Chicago Entrepreneurs, “How’s Business?”

    Company founders speak with Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Windy City

    Chicago, Ill.—”How’s business?” is the simple question that kicks off each episode of a new podcast series from the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago (IJ Clinic). The answers from business owners are different each time, yet similar challenges of operating in the Windy City come up time and time…

  • July 10, 2019

    Rhode Island became the latest state to deregulate hair braiding thanks to a bill signed Monday by Gov. Gina Raimondo. Previously, braiders could only work if they first obtained a hairdresser license, which takes at least 1,200 hours, far more than what’s required to become a licensed emergency medical technician. Tuition to attend a cosmetology school in Rhode…

  • July 10, 2019    |   Private Property

    Arlington, Va.—Today, a federal judge in Georgia ruled that a lawsuit challenging the city of Doraville’s use of traffic tickets and other fines to generate revenue may go forward. The lawsuit was brought by two Doraville homeowners and two others who commute through Doraville. These plaintiffs partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ), a non-profit,…

  • July 3, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Georgia Court of Appeals Rules That State Legislature is Exempt from Public Records Laws

    A divided court holds the state’s Open Records Act does not apply to the Georgia General Assembly or its offices.

    Atlanta, Ga.—Does the term “every state office” include the offices of the Georgia General Assembly? According to an opinion released yesterday by the Fifth Division of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the answer is “no.” The decision comes in the case of Institute for Justice v. Reilly, a lawsuit filed by the Institute for…

  • July 2, 2019    |   First Amendment

    New Lawsuit Challenges Mississippi Labeling Law That Makes Selling “Veggie Burgers” a Crime

    Vegan food company Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association fight for First Amendment right to use terms consumers understand

    Jackson, Miss.—All of the food Upton’s Naturals sells in Mississippi is proudly labeled as vegan. Even though no reasonable consumer would think Upton’s Naturals foods contain meat, a new labeling law would require the company to either stop selling in the state or change its labels to be less clear. On July 1, Mississippi’s new…

  • July 2, 2019    |   Private Property

    On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that stops the Internal Revenue Service from raiding the bank accounts of small-business owners. The Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act, part of the Taxpayer First Act (H.R. 3151) that  Congress passed unanimously, is named after Institute for Justice clients Jeff Hirsch and Randy Sowers, two victims of…

  • June 28, 2019    |   Private Property

    Indiana Supreme Court Finds Law Enforcement Can Keep Forfeiture Funds

    Decision upholds state’s ability to “police for profit”

    Late yesterday, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that police and prosecutors can keep and use the money they seize, rather than transferring the money to the state’s Common School Fund. The decision contradicts a state constitutional requirement that “all forfeitures which may accrue” must be paid into a fund for the benefit of public education.…

  • June 28, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Montana School Choice Case

    Montana Supreme Court Ruled State May Discriminate Against Parents Who Select Religious Schools for Their Children

    Arlington, Virginia—The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will hear an appeal of the most important school choice case in the nation—a case in which the Montana Supreme Court ruled the government must exclude religious options for parents who want to participate in a generally available tax-credit scholarship program. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department…


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