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  • February 6, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    National School Choice Advocate Announces It Will Defend Nation’s Newest School Choice Program

    Legal attack attempts to end Tennessee’s Education Savings Accounts for K-12

    Arlington, Va.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ)  announced they will intervene to defend the nation’s newest educational choice program from a legal attack announced this morning by Nashville Mayor John Cooper. The mayor announced a lawsuit brought by the Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Shelby County and Metro Nashville Board of Public Education,…

  • February 5, 2020    |   Private Property

    Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to Shutdown Detroit’s Unconstitutional Civil Forfeiture Program

    Case seeks to overturn dangerous precedent enabling Detroit to systematically seize cars from innocent owners and then ransom them back for hundreds or thousands of dollars

    For decades, Detroit police, sheriff’s deputies, and Wayne County prosecutors have systematically abused the constitutional rights of drivers by using a controversial tactic called civil forfeiture to seize and sell thousands of cars—oftentimes from completely innocent owners. Now, the Institute for Justice (IJ)—a nonprofit, public interest law firm—has partnered with a group of Detroit drivers…

  • February 3, 2020

    WHAT:            Appeals Court Hearing WHEN:            Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals for The Fifth Circuit 600 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 70130 Four years ago, while Gerardo Serrano was waiting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border at Eagle Pass, Texas, he snapped a few photos to share on…

  • February 3, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    After Years of Regulatory Uncertainty, Mobile Boutique Owners Receive New Permanent Licenses

    New city rules make room for innovative mobile businesses that sell clothes, art, jewelry, and more

    CHICAGO—Five years ago, Juana Ryan started a mobile art gallery selling her own work and works from other Chicago artists—StellaLily. Her innovative idea, however, did not fit neatly into the city’s regulatory scheme. After more than a year of confusion about how to operate legally, Juana and other mobile boutiques were eventually provided an emerging…

  • January 31, 2020    |   Private Property

    Following Federal Lawsuit, Richland, Wa. Drops Unconstitutional Street-Fees Law

    With change, Linda Cameron can finally renovate her home without also having to pay to renovate a nearby city street

    Following a federal lawsuit brought by the Institute for Justice, the City of Richland has ended its practice of unconstitutionally forcing homeowners to upgrade city streets as a condition of obtaining a building permit. As a result of that change, Linda Cameron is free to renovate her Richland home without first paying upwards of $60,000…

  • January 30, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Proposed Red Tape and Inspections for Lincoln’s Home Bakers Are Unnecessary and Unconstitutional

    National advocate for food entrepreneurs rebukes attempt by Lancaster County Health Department to undermine recently passed state reforms

    Lincoln, Neb.—Less than a year after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation allowing Nebraskans to sell safe homemade foods, the Lancaster County Health Department introduced a bill that, if passed, would be a major step back for food entrepreneurs and the “buy local” movement. The Institute for Justice (IJ), a national advocate for home-based entrepreneurs,…

  • January 21, 2020    |   Private Property

    Mujer de Miami apela a la Corte Suprema para recuperar cada dólar confiscado injustificadamente por agentes federales

    Miladis Salgado luchó con éxito para recuperar el dinero de la quinceañera de su hija, pero ahora el gobierno se niega a pagar los honorarios de su abogado

    MIAMI—El 11 de mayo de 2015, Miladis Salgado regresó a su casa y descubrió que su vida tuvo un giro inesperado. Mientras ella estaba trabajando, la policía ingresó a su casa y confiscó sus ahorros de toda la vida—$15.000 en efectivo que ella estaba ahorrando para la quinceañera de su hija—a partir de información de…

  • January 21, 2020    |   Private Property

    Late yesterday, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill (A4970) that will require a criminal conviction before civil forfeiture. Unlike criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture typically allows the government to take and keep property without charging anyone with a crime. Thanks to the governor’s signature, New Jersey is now the 16th state with a conviction prerequisite to…

  • January 16, 2020    |   Private Property

    Institute for Justice Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hold Government Officials Accountable For Destroying Idaho Home with Grenades

    After police had a ten-hour standoff with an empty house—eventually destroying everything inside—a court ruled there wasn’t anything they could do about it. Now the Institute for Justice is launching a new project to ask the courts to reexamine doctrines giving government officials broad immunity from accountability

    If you tell police they can go into your home, does that mean they can also legally stand outside and pepper it with shotgun-fired tear gas grenades—destroying everything inside? That is the question asked by a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States filed today by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf…

  • January 15, 2020    |   Private Property

    Pittsburgh Retiree Sues Federal Government to Get His Life Savings Back

    DEA seized more than $82,000 from retiree’s daughter as she traveled through the Pittsburgh airport

    PITTSBURGH—Terry Rolin’s life savings of $82,373 were seized by the federal government even though he has not been charged with any crime. In fact, his daughter was doing something completely legal—flying domestically with cash—when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized the money in August 2019 at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Today, Terry and his daughter…

  • January 6, 2020

    Pottstown Renters Score Major Win In Challenge To Unconstitutional Rental Inspections

    Pottstown Renters Score Major Win In Challenge To Unconstitutional Rental Inspections

    Pottstown, Penn.—This morning, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion vacating and remanding a lower court’s ruling in favor of Pottstown in a lawsuit challenging the borough’s rental inspection ordinance. This law allows the borough to enter residents’ homes without cause and without the residents’ consent. The Court also reversed the trial court’s orders…

  • December 17, 2019    |   Private Property

    The New Jersey Assembly unanimously passed a bill late Monday that would shine a light on “civil forfeiture,” which lets law enforcement seize property without ever charging the owner with a crime. In New Jersey, once property is forfeited, the government can then keep up to 100% of the proceeds, creating a perverse incentive to…

  • December 9, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    PHILADELPHIA—Today, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania denied the Cosmetology Board’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two Philadelphia-area women who want to end an unconstitutional requirement that stands in the way of their careers. The Board used Courtney Haveman’s and Amanda Spillane’s past legal problems to deny them the right…

  • December 5, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Nevada Families Win First Round in Fight to Restore Tax Credits for Scholarships

    Lawsuit maintaining that the Legislature ignored the state’s Constitution to reduce support for educational choice will proceed

    Las Vegas, Nev.—Today, Clark County District Court Judge Rob Bare handed Nevada families a first-round win in their constitutional challenge to a 2019 law that eliminated the automatic annual increase in the amount of tax credits available for donors to the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program. Attorneys for the state were seeking to dismiss the…

  • December 5, 2019

    Lawsuit Challenges Arizona Engineering Licensing Law

    Institute for Justice Partners with Engineer to Challenge Law Requiring Engineers to Obtain License to Call Themselves Engineers or to Be Entrepreneurs

    From satellites in space to circuits for flashlights, Greg Mills has spent his entire career working as an engineer designing and building electronics. But earlier this year, a group of industry insiders sitting on a government board abruptly put Greg’s career on ice. Now he’s fighting back. Greg’s resume reads like a veritable who’s-who of…

  • December 4, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Nepali Immigrants Sue Kentucky Over Law That Stopped Them from Opening a Home Health Care Business

    Kentucky’s certificate of need law lets large providers monopolize home health in most of the state

    Louisville, Ky.—Dipendra Tiwari saw an urgent need for Nepali speakers to receive home health care from workers who understood their language and culture. With thousands of Nepali immigrants living in the Louisville area, he hoped to open a modest business that would employ nurses and health aides qualified to offer services to both the Nepali…

  • December 3, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    North Dakota Health Department Guts Food Freedom Law

    Legislative Committee Approves Department’s Request to Stymie Local Entrepreneurs

    Bismarck, N.D.—Today, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly’s Administrative Rules Committee approved rules to significantly weaken the state’s food freedom law. The Institute for Justice (IJ) has repeatedly urged the Legislature and the state Department of Health not to adopt rules that will significantly impair people’s ability to run their homemade food businesses.  The law, which…

  • November 25, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—On Friday, the Institute for Justice (IJ) submitted comments to the Texas Department of Public Safety supporting rules proposed on October 25, 2019. The rules ease licensing burdens on people with unrelated criminal records who now want to work in the private security industry. Enforcing a new Texas law and directive by Governor Greg Abbott,…

  • November 25, 2019    |   Private Property

    Homeowners Seek Rehearing in House-Destruction Case

    National law firm joins the Lech family’s fight for compensation after police destroy their house in pursuit of shoplifter

    Arlington, Va.—If the government needs to destroy your home to build a freeway or a school, the Constitution entitles you to just compensation. But what if the government needs to destroy your home for some other reason—say, to capture a fugitive who has randomly taken refuge in your house while fleeing the police? Does the…

  • November 20, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Raleigh, N.C.—Today, a state superior court judge denied the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ motion to dismiss a constitutional challenge to a law that bans medical providers from purchasing an MRI scanner without first obtaining special permission—called a “certificate of need,” or CON—from the government. The court cleared the way for the…

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