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  • April 23, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    IJ Files Two Lawsuits Challenging Laws Limiting Medical Access

    Certificate of need laws in Nebraska, North Carolina and across the country reduce access, affordability and choice in health care

    Arlington, Va.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ) partnered with medical professionals in two states to challenge laws that limit medical access and entrepreneurship. The lawsuits, which target certificate of need (CON) laws in Nebraska and North Carolina, challenge the constitutionality of laws that artificially limit doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals’ ability to provide services…

  • April 23, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    New Lawsuit Challenges Nebraska’s Non-emergency Medical Transportation Cartel

    Omaha and Lincoln home health business owner sues state over certificate of need law that keeps him from helping patients

    Omaha, Neb.—If you are allowed to drive a home health patient to get groceries, can that passenger also get her prescription filled? In Nebraska, that would be against the law unless you had permission from the government to operate a non-emergency medical transportation company. And, by the state’s certificate of need or “CON” law, the…

  • April 23, 2020

    For the last month, governors across the country have clamored to find or build hospital ICU beds to deal with the influx of COVID-19 patients in need of advanced medical care. To do that, many states, including North Carolina, were forced to suspend laws artificially limiting the number of hospital beds available in a state.…

  • April 21, 2020

    Supreme Court Requires Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases

    Following Timbs case last year, this decision further affirms that the Bill of Rights applies to all state laws

    Yesterday, in Ramos v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a unanimous jury verdict of guilty to convict someone of a serious crime in state court. The Institute for Justice (IJ), which won a unanimous decision last year in a related case, filed an amicus brief in…

  • April 16, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    As many Americans find themselves sheltering in place at home, home gardening is growing increasingly popular. But in Michigan, thanks to a series of executive orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, garden centers, greenhouses, and plant nurseries have been effectively barred from selling to the public through April 30. On Wednesday, the Institute…

  • April 16, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Amid Crisis, Neighbor Fights for Right to Help Feed Others in Need

    Clarkston, Wash. homeowner sues for right to run a ‘Little Free Pantry’

    Clarkston, Wash.—When Kathy Hay set up a little free pantry in her backyard last December, she had no idea that an unprecedented crisis was about to create thousands of newly-jobless neighbors scrambling to find food for their families. At the time, she just wanted to share food with her lower-income neighbors and give back to a community that had supported her when she was having a hard…

  • April 16, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Institute for Justice Calls on States to Allow Nurse Practitioners to Help with COVID-19 Relief

    Unnecessary physician supervision requirements bar qualified nurses from offering their services

    Arlington, Va.—The Institute for Justice (IJ) sent open letters to six states calling on authorities to suspend requirements that nurse practitioners may only work in hospitals under the supervision of a physician. The supervision requirements in California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia prevent many nurse practitioners from helping patients in overburdened hospitals, even…

  • April 14, 2020

    In an effort to help individuals and small businesses fight the COVID-19 pandemic and survive the economic crisis, the Institute for Justice has brought to bear its expertise to challenge unnecessary regulations hampering individuals’ ability to work to improve the situation. At the same time, IJ is also addressing the broader systemic problems that have made…

  • April 14, 2020    |   Private Property

    New Lawsuit Asks Whether State Agents Can Trespass and Place Cameras on Private Land in Tennessee

    Landowners sue to protect their rights under the Tennessee Constitution and stop warrantless searches

    Camden, Tenn.—Terry Rainwaters lives, farms and hunts on the 136 acres he owns along the Big Sandy River in rural Tennessee. It’s clear that the farm is private property, with a “no trespassing” sign on the gate. Yet agents of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) ignored that warning, entering his property to set up…

  • April 1, 2020    |   Other

    ShopInPlaceDC.com Helps D.C. Metro Residents Track Local Small Businesses Offering Products During Crisis

    Institute for Justice introduces free website to promote small businesses operating during the crisis

    Washington—A brand-new website, www.ShopInPlaceDC.com, is offering D.C. metro residents a place to find neighborhood small businesses that are still selling products for residents sheltering at home. The website is currently live and welcomes submissions from D.C.-area small businesses selling products in categories such as food, fitness, bath and cleaning products, books, toys and more. The…

  • April 1, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Institute for Justice Asks Supreme Court to Correct “Dangerous” Robocall Ruling

    Lower court ruling would empower courts to rewrite statutes and undermine constitutional rights nationwide

    Arlington, Va.—Everyone hates robocalls. But last year, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Congress’s attempt to regulate robocalls—through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act— violated the First Amendment. Instead of banning all robocalls, Congress had banned robocalls on some topics while allowing robocalls that discussed other topics (like certain kinds of debt collection).…

  • March 31, 2020

    More Than 250 Small Chicago Businesses Now Listed on ShopInPlaceChi.com

    New website to connect Windy City consumers with small businesses selling essential products grows rapidly in first seven days online

    CHICAGO—In just seven days online, www.ShopInPlaceChi.com has become a website where Chicago residents can find more than 250 small businesses selling products essential for residents sheltering at home. Tens of thousands of Chicagoans have used the site to search for small businesses by category and neighborhood. The website is free to the public courtesy of…

  • March 30, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability Private Property

    Arlington, Virginia—This morning the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would review the case of James King, an innocent college student who was savagely beaten in 2014 by a police officer and FBI agent in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after being unreasonably misidentified as a fugitive. The officers were working as members of a joint state-federal police…

  • March 26, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Pasadena, Calif.—On Monday, March 30, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider a case in which two entrepreneurs have spent 23 years trying to travel 55 miles by boat—and they have yet to reach their destination. Jim and Cliff Courtney from Washington state have endured a 23-year ongoing legal battle for the right to use the nation’s waters in pursuit of a livelihood. But rather…

  • March 25, 2020

    ShopInPlaceChi.com Helps Chicagoans Track Local Small Businesses Offering Essential Products

    Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship introduces free website to help connect small businesses with consumers and provides important legal information for small businesses operating during the crisis

    CHICAGO—A brand new website, www.ShopInPlaceChi.com, is offering Windy City consumers a place to find neighborhood small businesses that are still selling products essential for residents sheltering at home. The website is currently live and welcomes new submissions from Chicago small businesses selling products in categories such as bath and cleaning products, books, educational supplies, games…

  • March 18, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability Private Property

    Police Stole $225k in Cash and Coins, and the Courts Said “Okay”

    Now it is up to the Supreme Court to decide if police officers can steal from citizens and get away with it

    Arlington, Va.—Seven years ago, police officers in Fresno, California, executed search warrants on the homes and business of Micah Jessop and Brittan Ashjian, who owned a business operating and servicing ATMs. Police were investigating a report of illegal gambling. Although neither was ever charged with a crime, police seized nearly $275,000 in rare coins the…

  • March 12, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Food Truck Freedom Legislation Passes Florida Legislature

    Provision in licensing reform bill will prevent local government from banning food trucks or requiring additional licenses

    Tallahassee, Fla.—Local governments across Florida will no longer be able to ban food trucks or require food truck operators to get an additional local license in order to vend under a bill passed by the Florida House and Senate today. The provision is part of a broader bill to reform occupational licensing in the state…

  • March 12, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Florida Legislature Approves Occupational Licensing Reform Bill

    Institute for Justice congratulates lawmakers on reforms that could create thousands of jobs in the Sunshine State

    Tallahassee, Fla.—With House and Senate passage of the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act, job-creating licensing reform is now on its way to Gov. DeSantis. The bill, HB 1193, is the product of a years-long effort to reduce occupational licensing burdens for a number of professions. The Institute for Justice (IJ), a non-profit law firm that…

  • March 12, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—The nation’s best law for homemade food businesses is about to become even better. Today, Gov. Mark Gordon signed HB 84, a bill that will expand the Wyoming Food Freedom Act. Along with 48 other states, Wyoming lets residents sell shelf-stable food made at home, like baked goods, jams, and jellies. But Wyoming Food…

  • March 11, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability Private Property

    Homeowners Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in House-Destruction Case

    Lech family takes their fight for compensation to nation’s highest court after police destroyed their house in pursuit of shoplifter

    Arlington, Va.— In 2015, an armed shoplifter fleeing the police broke into a Greenwood Village, Colorado, home and refused to come out. After taking gunfire from the shoplifter, the police laid siege to the home. During a 19-hour standoff, officers used explosives, high-caliber ammunition and a battering ram mounted on a tank-like vehicle called a…

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