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  • March 6, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—Today, a group of parents partnered with the Institute for Justice filed to intervene to defend the Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program, an educational choice initiative, against a lawsuit by the ACLU challenging its constitutionality. The filing follows today’s decision by the Davidson County Chancery Court to permit the same parents to intervene…

  • March 4, 2020    |   Private Property

    Pittsburgh Retiree to Finally Get Life Savings Back from the Federal Government

    Without any apology, DEA will return more than $82,000 wrongfully seized at Pittsburgh airport six months ago, but federal class action lawsuit will proceed

    PITTSBURGH—Terry Rolin’s life savings of $82,373 will finally be returned to him, nearly six months after it was wrongfully seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from his daughter Rebecca Brown as she traveled through Pittsburgh International Airport to her home in Boston. Without offering any apology for the harm caused by confiscating Terry’s life…

  • March 3, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—The Wyoming Senate will decide this week whether to expand the state’s popular Food Freedom Law. The Food Freedom Law, which is the most permissive homemade food law in the country, allows the sale of homemade food, drinks and meals directly to consumers. Now, HB0084 would expand the law to allow the sale of…

  • March 3, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Georgia Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Whether State Legislature Should Be Exempt from Public Records Law

    Lower court decisions held that the Open Records Act does not apply to the Georgia General Assembly or its offices

    Atlanta, Ga.—The Georgia Supreme Court denied an appeal in a case challenging whether the Georgia General Assembly should be exempt from the public records law. While the Georgia Open Records Act subjects “every state office” to its requirements, the Fifth Division of the Court of Appeals of Georgia ruled last year that “The General Assembly…

  • February 28, 2020

    Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula

    Mats Järlström was fined $500 for criticizing the timing of traffic lights. He sued, won, and now his formula will help traffic engineers around the world

    Today, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) formally announced that it voted to adopt a new formula for determining the timing of traffic lights. The vote vindicates the theory of Mats Järlström, who was fined $500 by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying for publicly criticizing traffic light timing without…

  • February 26, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Arlington, Va.—A federal judge dismissed a Maryland farmer’s suit against the FDA filed in order to protect his right to accurately label his all-natural skim milk. Current FDA regulations require that dairy products labelled as skim milk also contain synthetic vitamins. Randy Sowers, represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ), filed a federal lawsuit in…

  • February 24, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability Private Property

    Innocent Man Beaten Mercilessly by Police Petitions Supreme Court to Restore Constitutional Accountability

    Institute for Justice Asks Supreme Court to End Shell Game Used by State/Federal Task Forces to Avoid Accountability

    Arlington, Virginia—Will the law enforcement officers who mercilessly beat James King—an innocent college student—be held accountable for their actions? Or will they be allowed to continue to hide behind special legal protections afforded to members of state/federal police task forces to escape justice? Last Friday, the Institute for Justice (IJ), which represents King, filed a…

  • February 21, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Victory for Art in Mandan, ND: Lonesome Dove’s Lawsuit Against City Comes to an End

    The lawsuit saved Lonesome Dove’s mural, led Mandan to enact a speech-friendly mural law, and showed that one business can stand up to City Hall.

    Mandan, N.D.—Today, the lawsuit brought by Lonesome Dove saloon owners Brian Berube and August “Augie” Kersten has formally come to an end. Along with the Institute for Justice (IJ), Brian and Augie sued Mandan for trying to ban their mural because it was “intended to advertise an establishment.” Not only did their lawsuit save Lonesome…

  • February 20, 2020    |   Private Property

    Following Lawsuit, Detroit Police Return Car Illegally Seized Using Civil Forfeiture

    Federal Lawsuit Will Proceed on Behalf of Victims of Unconstitutional Vehicles Seizures

    Today, after illegally seizing and holding Robert Reeves’s 1991 Chevrolet Camaro for the last seven months, Detroit police agreed to return it along with $2,280 in cash they seized from him in July 2019. He picked up the car this morning. The police’s sudden change of heart comes on the heels of a federal class…

  • February 20, 2020    |   Economic Liberty

    Florida House and Senate Advance Occupational Licensing Reform Bills

    Institute for Justice applauds proposals that could create thousands of jobs in the Sunshine State

    Tallahassee, Fla.—House and Senate committees today approved their versions of the Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act, bills that would overhaul occupational licensing laws in the state of Florida. The bills, HB 1193 and SB 474, are a top priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has supported licensing reform through administrative action and public statements. All…

  • February 14, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability

    After Police Brutally Beat & Hospitalized James King, The Government Closed Ranks and Is Using a Legal Shell Game To Avoid Accountability

    IJ Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hold State/Federal Task Forces Accountable For Constitutional Violations

    Arlington, Virginia—In 2014, James King was a law-abiding college student who was brutally beaten and choked unconscious by members of a joint state/federal police task force after they misidentified him as a suspect sought in connection with a non-violent petty crime. Ever since that day, the government has used every tool at its disposal to…

  • February 14, 2020    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Arlington, Va.—In a major win for free speech, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that occupational licensing is not a First Amendment-free zone. The court ruled that a Mississippi technology startup, Vizaline LLC, can go forward with its free speech challenge to a licensing law that a Mississippi regulatory board is attempting…

  • February 13, 2020    |   Immunity and Accountability Private Property

    IJ to SCOTUS: If the Government Abuses Your Rights, It Has to Pay You Back

    Amicus brief asks that government officials be held accountable for violating constitutional rights

    Arlington, Va.—Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether officials from the FBI and other government agencies can be held accountable for violating Americans’ constitutional rights. If the Supreme Court decides they cannot be, it will send a clear message to the FBI and other government agencies that they can trample on constitutional rights…

  • February 10, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Today, a federal judge in the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) policy of silencing anyone who settles an enforcement actions with the agency. The lawsuit was brought by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank that contends…

  • February 10, 2020    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Va.—Today, a group of parents partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to defend the Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program, an educational choice initiative, against a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. By formally intervening in the lawsuit, the parents will ensure that the thousands of Tennessee families benefiting from the program are represented as…

  • 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…

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