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  • December 6, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Food Truck Owners Fight For Right To Do Business In Fort Pierce, Fla.

    Food Truck Owners Challenge One of the Most Anti-Competitive Vending Restrictions in the Country

    As the owner of the Taco Trap food truck, Benny Diaz has reaped the rewards of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit. He started out making his unique taco creations from his grandmother’s recipes at a restaurant in Port St. Lucie, Florida. From there, patrons encouraged him to start a business of his own. Benny’s…

  • December 4, 2018    |   Private Property

    Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Seattle’s Mandatory Rental Inspection Law

    Seattle Inspection Law Treats Tenants as Second-Class Citizens and Tramples Constitutional Right to Privacy

    SEATTLE, Wa.—Today, a group of Seattle tenants and landlords partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ)  to file a class action lawsuit challenging the city’s use of invasive, warrantless searches to inspect rental units. The lawsuit, which was filed in King County Superior Court, argues that the city’s program is a clear violation of the…

  • November 15, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Report: End of Wisconsin’s Home-Baking Ban Provided Immediate Economic Benefits for Entrepreneurs

    Business Is Booming One Year After State Declares Prohibition Unconstitutional

    This Thanksgiving, Wisconsin’s home bakers can legally sell homemade apple pies, sugar cookies and other delicious treats to hungry Wisconsinites. They have not had this opportunity for long: In October 2017, following a lawsuit by the Institute for Justice (IJ), a Wisconsin court ruled a law prohibiting entrepreneurs from selling home-baked goods—even a single cookie—was…

  • November 14, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    At what cost licensing? Occupational licensing kills jobs, costs consumers and the economy billions

    New report provides new national and state-level estimates of licensing’s costs, confirms licensing’s growth

    Arlington, Va.­­­­—State occupational licensing laws force people to spend time and money earning a license instead of earning a living. But these laws also impose real costs on the wider economy—nearly 2 million lost jobs and billions of dollars in losses for consumers and the wider economy, according to a new Institute for Justice study.…

  • October 30, 2018

    Institute for Justice Will Oppose Attempt to Intervene in Challenge to Maine’s Tuition Program

    “The proposed intervenors cannot claim any constitutional harm...”

    Arlington, Va.—The Institute for Justice (IJ) released the following statement from senior attorney Tim Keller in response to today’s motion to intervene in the case: “The Institute for Justice and First Liberty Institute will oppose the motion to intervene in our suit against Maine over the unconstitutional restrictions in the high school tuitioning program. The…

  • October 22, 2018    |   Private Property

    MEDIA ADVISORY EVENT: Can the Government Bulldoze Your Home for No Reason? N.J. Appeals Court to Hear Argument In Atlantic City Eminent Domain Abuse Case DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 10 a.m. PLACE: New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division Brennan Courthouse 583 Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07306 PARTICIPANTS: Robert McNamara and Dan Alban, Attorneys,…

  • October 16, 2018    |   Private Property

    Akron Charity Sues for Right to Shelter the Homeless

    City refuses to allow man to use his commercial property to host tent community; fears tents will be gone by Thanksgiving

    Akron, Ohio—Since ancient times, good samaritans have used their land to shelter the neediest. That tradition continues today in Akron, Ohio, where Sage Lewis—a local entrepreneur—welcomed a group of homeless people to set up tents in the back lot of his business after the city forced them off public land. That was more than a…

  • October 15, 2018    |   Private Property

    With the midterms just three weeks away, a new poll found widespread opposition to civil forfeiture, a controversial practice that lets law enforcement agencies seize and keep property, without a criminal conviction or even filing charges. Conducted by the Institute for Justice and YouGov, the poll found that 76 percent of Americans would be more…

  • October 15, 2018    |   Other

    South Side Pitch Crowns Winner in Fifth Annual Business Competition

    Innovative exercise solution Liv Labs rises above 130 competitors

    CHICAGO—Five South Side entrepreneurs took the stage last week with three crowned winners and all the contestants gaining valuable experience in promoting their unique business idea. For five years running, the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) has hosted South Side Pitch. Liv Labs, an innovative solution to help women exercise with confidence,…

  • October 10, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Carolina Beach Food Trucks

    Town rules out protectionist ordinance

    Carolina Beach, N.C.—At a public town council meeting last night, the Carolina Beach council announced that it intends to make Carolina Beach a leader for food truck freedom and remove, rather than enact, barriers to competition. This comes six weeks after it repealed an unconstitutional ordinance requiring food truck owners own a brick-and-mortar restaurant in…

  • October 10, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Fish Creek Small Business Fights for the Right to Run a Food Truck

    Town board that banned businesses on wheels sued for violating Wisconsin’s Constitution

    Sturgeon Bay, Wis.—The owners of White Cottage Red Door, a Door County shop known for “everything cherry,” filed a constitutional challenge to the town of Gibraltar’s food-truck ban. When the small business opened a food truck in its parking lot in the summer of 2017, the Town of Gibraltar’s board, chaired by a local brick-and-mortar…

  • October 9, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Missouri Hair Braiding Case

    Decision effectively ends case after state’s new stand-alone braiding license went into effect

    Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court today effectively brought to an end a four-year challenge to Missouri’s licensing of African-style hair braiders. The braiders, working with the Institute for Justice (IJ), challenged the state’s requirement that they spend thousands of dollars on 1,500 hours of cosmetology training even though the training did not cover braiding. Earlier…

  • October 5, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    New Jersey Creates New License for Natural Hair Braiders

    License Shaves Off Over 1,100 Hours of Useless Classes

    On Thursday, a new specialty license for African-style natural hair braiders was signed into law in New Jersey. Under the law (A-3754), a braider can now become licensed after completing a maximum of 40 to 50 hours of coursework, depending on their experience level. Previously, braiders could only legally work if they had a cosmetology…

  • October 3, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order on Wednesday to reform the state’s “overly-restrictive licensure schemes.” Today, occupational licensing  is one of the biggest labor market barriers in the nation, with one-third of New Mexico’s workforce needing either a license or certification to legally work. That red tape also raises prices for consumers…

  • October 2, 2018    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Texas Veterinarian Fights for Right to Give Professional Advice

    Files First Amendment Lawsuit With Major Implications for Free Speech and Occupational Telepractice

    For a decade, licensed veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines gave advice online from his Texas home to pet owners across the world. Then, the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners said that his advice was illegal—not because it harmed an animal or was inaccurate, but because Texas prohibits veterinarians from sharing their expertise with pet…

  • September 18, 2018    |   Private Property

    Institute for Justice Dismantles Philadelphia Forfeiture Machine

    After four years of litigation, city agrees to end “policing for profit,” ensure due process and establish $3 million compensation fund for victims of city’s forfeiture practices

    PHILADELPHIA—The Institute for Justice (IJ) today announced a major settlement with the city of Philadelphia, ending the city’s draconian civil forfeiture machine. In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania today, city officials agreed to a set of reforms that will end the perverse financial incentives under which law…

  • September 17, 2018    |   Private Property

    18 Amicus Briefs Support Institute for Justice’s Client, 1 Brief, which Examines the History of the Eighth Amendment, Remains Neutral Indiana Supreme Court Ruled Governments within the State May Impose Excessive Fines Until the U.S. Supreme Court Says They Can’t Arlington, Va.—In late November or early December, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Timbs v.…

  • September 12, 2018

    Today, the Charlestown City Council started the process of rescinding the Indiana state Unsafe Building Law. The vote comes just two days after an Indiana Appeals Court ruled that the city had violated the state Unsafe Building Law when it levied outrageous fines against homeowners in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. In response to today’s vote,…

  • September 10, 2018

    The city’s attempt to spin today’s decision as a win is just that: spin. The city has lost on everything. Mayor Hall cannot point to a single legal argument that the city has won. Only by the city’s backwards logic does an unbroken string of losses amount to a victory. The Homeowners have won again…

  • September 10, 2018    |   Private Property

    Property Owner Sheltering Akron’s Homeless Fights for Right to Help

    Hearing to Decide Whether City Council Will Allow Tents on Private Property

    Akron, Ohio—Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Akron City Council will hold a hearing on the application of Sage Lewis and The Homeless Charity for a permit to continue sheltering the homeless on private commercial property at 15 Broad Street. This permit application raises not just questions about zoning policy, but the constitutional rights of property…

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