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  • 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…

  • June 27, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Austin, Texas—In virtually every state, when you get sick and visit your doctor, you can obtain prescribed medication right there in the doctor’s office—a practice known as “doctor dispensing.” Not in Texas. The Lone Star State bans most doctors from dispensing medication. Dr. Michael Garrett and Dr. Kristin Held want to use doctor dispensing to…

  • June 26, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Federal Judge Turns Down Challenge to Maine Law Excluding Religious Schools from State’s Tuition Program

    Institute for Justice, First Liberty Institute and parents will appeal decision to federal circuit court

    Portland, Maine—United States District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby 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. In his written ruling, Judge Hornby cited a prior appellate court decision upholding the exclusion of religious options as binding…

  • June 26, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Supreme Court Blasts Economic Protectionism as it Strikes Down Durational Residency Requirements for Business Licenses

    To Protect Existing Liquor Stores from Competition, Tennessee Required License Seekers to Live in State for Two Years Before a License Would be Granted, 10 Years to Renew

    Arlington, Va.—By a 7-2 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a broadside against state-based economic protectionism as it struck down a Tennessee law that had required anyone seeking a retail liquor license to first reside in the state for two years—and 10 years before they could renew it. “To put it mildly, today’s opinion…

  • June 25, 2019    |   Private Property

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund a notorious federal forfeiture program when it passed a “minibus” appropriations bill (H.R. 3055) to finance the Justice Department and other federal agencies. Organized by the Institute for Justice, a bipartisan coalition of two dozen organizations, including the American Conservative Union, the ACLU, Heritage Action for…

  • June 25, 2019

    Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced on Monday that he intends to veto HB 748, a bill that would substantially reform the state’s civil forfeiture laws and end law enforcement’s perverse incentive to police for profit. Under current law, agencies can confiscate valuable property without ever filing criminal charges. Once property has been forfeited and auctioned…

  • June 25, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Bill Protecting the Right to Grow Your Own Food Signed by Governor

    Miami-area couple plans to re-plant their garden next week

    Tallahassee, Fla.—Yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 82, legislation protecting the right of all Floridians to grow vegetables and fruit on their own property. For one Miami-area couple, this represents the end of a years-long struggle that started when their town ordered them to dig up the garden they had been growing for 17 years.…

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