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  • December 3, 2020    |   Private Property

    Eagle Families Fight Back Against Out of Control Fines and Fees

    Small town in Waukesha County uses code enforcement to benefit a private law firm and to punish people who speak out

    WAUKESHA, Wis.—The Town of Eagle in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, looks like many other places in the Badger State, with its modest homes and small farms. But Eagle is not the idyllic town it appears to be. If residents get on the wrong side of the town board, they can find themselves with tens of thousands of…

  • December 2, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Victory for Free Speech: Texas Veterinarian Wins First Amendment Appeal about Giving Pet Advice Online

    Texas Vet Board had punished Dr. Ron Hines for helping pet owners unable to see him in person

    AUSTIN, Texas—Today, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recognized that restricting the online pet advice of Brownsville, Texas, veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines implicated his First Amendment rights, reversing a lower court ruling that occupational speech is not protected by the First Amendment. Dr. Hines now has the opportunity to go back down to the…

  • December 2, 2020    |   Private Property

    Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court Seeks to Ensure Prompt Hearings After Property Seizures

    Government Routinely Holds Property Months or Years Without a Hearing; Gerardo Serrano Waited Two Years for His Day in Court

    At America’s Founding, laws directed courts to “hear and determine” forfeiture cases after a mere 14-day delay. Today, property owners must wait months or years for their day in court. Law enforcement has a direct financial incentive to abuse the system, as agencies sell property that they seize and use the proceeds to fund their…

  • November 25, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Tennessee Parents Appeal School Choice Program to Tennessee Supreme Court

    ESAs offer lifeline to parents with children assigned to underperforming schools

    Arlington, Va.—This afternoon, two Tennessee parents appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court a September decision from an appellate court that declared the Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program in violation of the Tennessee Constitution. The parents planned to use the Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) authorized by the law to remove their children from chronically underperforming…

  • November 23, 2020

    ShopInPlaceChi.com Ready to Help Windy City Shoppers Connect With Local Small Businesses

    With over 1,000 listed businesses, ShopInPlaceChi.com is ready for Small Business Saturday and the holiday shopping season

    CHICAGO—With Small Business Saturday just a few days away and the holiday shopping season already in full swing, Chicagoans should know that there is an easy way for them to find small, local businesses ready to serve them safely. Launched this spring, www.ShopInPlaceChi.com helps consumers search for small businesses by category and neighborhood. The website…

  • November 18, 2020    |   Private Property

    The Roseau County Landowners Coalition attended a Roseau Lake project work session earlier this month to demand that the Roseau River Watershed District (RRWD) abandon its plans to force farmers to install flood easements on or sell their productive, multi-generational farmland. The RRWD’s unnecessary and costly flood mitigation project requires the acquisition of property that…

  • November 13, 2020    |   Private Property

    Tampa Woman Will Finally Get Her $43,167 Back from the Federal Government

    DEA seized money at the airport and held it for months without ever charging her with a crime

    TAMPA, Fla.—Stacy Jones’s $43,167 will be returned to her after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wrongfully seized it as she was flying home to Tampa from the Wilmington International Airport in May of this year. Without offering any explanation or apology for the harm caused by confiscating her money, the DEA informed the Institute for…

  • November 3, 2020    |   Private Property

    Theft of Seized Funds Demonstrates Deep Need for Civil Forfeiture Reform in South Carolina

    The Institute for Justice is asking the state Supreme Court to end “policing for profit” and restore South Carolinians’ expectation that they are innocent until proven guilty

    ARLINGTON, Va.—The Institute for Justice (IJ), which will soon argue before the South Carolina Supreme Court that it should end the controversial practice of civil forfeiture, calls attention to the sentencing of Blair Shaffer, the former police chief of Manning, South Carolina. Yesterday, a federal court sentenced Shaffer to a year and a day in prison…

  • October 29, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Maine Parents Challenging Law Excluding Religious Schools from State’s Tuition Program Will Appeal to Supreme Court

    Federal appeals court rules for state despite recent Supreme Court decision that struck down Montana’s restrictions on a school choice program

    Arlington, Va.—A panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a ruling upholding a Maine law that excludes religious schools as an option for parents and students from the state’s high school tuitioning program. The ruling comes despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana¸ which struck down similar…

  • October 28, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Court Says Lincoln Home Baker’s Lawsuit Challenging City’s Unnecessary Regulations May Proceed

    Lancaster County Court Denies City of Lincoln’s Motion to Dismiss

    OMAHA, Neb.—Yesterday, the Lancaster County District Court denied the city of Lincoln’s motion to dismiss, permitting home baker Cindy Harper’s lawsuit against the city to move forward. Cindy’s lawsuit, brought by the Institute for Justice (IJ) in partnership with Husch Blackwell LLP, challenges Lincoln’s decision to bring back regulations at the local level that were…

  • October 21, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability

    Members of Congress, Scholars & Advocates Urge High Court Not to Create Loophole for Government Officials Seeking to Escape Accountability

    Statute designed to hold government officials accountable now being weaponized by Solicitor General to prevent victims from having their day in court

    Arlington, Va.—Brownback v. King, a case in which the government is seeking to create a huge new loophole through which government workers can escape accountability when they violate someone’s constitutional rights, will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, November 9, 2020. In anticipation of that argument, scholars, public interest advocates and members…

  • 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…

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