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  • January 11, 1999    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-After fighting every attempt to expand the commuter van industry and vetoing more than 90 percent of new operators’ applications, New York’s City Council has at last acknowledged the need for additional van service in New York City. The City Council’s report, which reportedly calls for an additional 141 vans, is little more than…

  • January 11, 1999    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-After fighting every attempt to expand the commuter van industry and vetoing more than 90 percent of new operators’ applications, New York’s City Council has at last acknowledged the need for additional van service in New York City. The City Council’s report, which reportedly calls for an additional 141 vans, is little more than…

  • December 21, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Bedminster, New Jersey-Steve Forbes, Honorary Chairman of Americans for Hope, Growth and Opportunity, today endorsed a lawsuit challenging unfair California laws and regulations that restrict African-American entrepreneurs from exercising their right to earn an honest living. Final arguments in the case are being heard today. The plaintiffs, represented by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice,…

  • November 16, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-In Ohio, you can learn to fight fires in 40 hours, but it takes 1,500 hours of class before the state will let you braid someone else’s hair. Under Ohio law, it is illegal to braid hair without a cosmetology license. Obtaining the license requires 1,500 hours of cosmetology school. Braiding is a skill…

  • November 9, 1998    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C.-The Institute for Justice, the Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm that is defending the constitutionality of school choice programs in six states, indicated it was not surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court decided today not to review the June ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court upholding the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. “The families…

  • October 24, 1998

    Naturally we are disappointed by this decision.  We will meet with our clients to evaluate the prospects of an appeal.  Regardless of what happened today, this is far from the end for school choice in Pennsylvania.

  • October 21, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-Not satisfied that its own denial of constitutional rights against would-be limo operators was severe enough, Nevada’s Transportation Services Authority (TSA) recently called on its sister agency-Nevada’s Taxicab Authority (NTA)-to seize the cars of independent operators. This one-two punch against economic liberty-the denial of long-sought permits to operate a limousine legally, then the seizure…

  • October 16, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-The ill-conceived and illegal one-year moratorium on new van licenses imposed by New York’s City Council is set to expire on October 29, 1998, and according to City Council spokeswoman Bernice Spitzer, the lawmakers will not renew it. But even after this restriction is lifted, van drivers still will face excessive regulations purposefully designed…

  • October 16, 1998

    Washington, D.C.-The ill-conceived and illegal one-year moratorium on new van licenses imposed by New York’s City Council is set to expire on October 29, 1998, and according to City Council spokeswoman Bernice Spitzer, the lawmakers will not renew it. But even after this restriction is lifted, van drivers still will face excessive regulations purposefully designed…

  • October 6, 1998    |   Private Property

    Washington, D.C.-The Supreme Court will hear oral argument tomorrow in the most important property rights case this term, City of Monterey v. Del Monte Dunes at Monterey, Ltd,, et al. “This case will determine whether the Court will build on recent cases and continue adding teeth to the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment,” said…

  • September 17, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C. ­The Institute for Justice today announced an Ohio Federal Court ruling that allows a lawsuit filed by African-style hairbraiders against the State Board of Cosmetology to go forward. Judge George C. Smith of the Federal Southern District of Ohio yesterday explained that he wanted to hear all the evidence before deciding whether there…

  • September 15, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-Across America, entrepreneurs are finding their right to earn an honest living under attack by state and local governments. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our nation’s economic capital, New York City. On Wednesday, September 16, 1998 at 2:15 p.m. a lawsuit representative of this struggle will be heard before the Honorable Justice…

  • September 15, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.-Across America, entrepreneurs are finding their right to earn an honest living under attack by state and local governments. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our nation’s economic capital, New York City. On Wednesday, September 16, 1998 at 2:15 p.m. a lawsuit representative of this struggle will be heard before the Honorable Justice…

  • July 20, 1998    |   Private Property

    Court Tells Government: Think Twice Before Condemning Property

    Widow Can Stay in Only Home, Donald Trump & Government Agency Lose

    Washington, D.C. ­A New Jersey court today ruled a state agency cannot condemn widow Vera Coking’s home of 37 years and give it to Donald Trump for his private development. Superior Court Judge Richard Williams ruled against New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and Donald Trump, CRDA’s partner in the condemnation challenge. Trump had…

  • June 10, 1998    |   Educational Choice

      The 4-2 ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court upholding the expanded Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is a total, unconditional victory for school choice. Here are the important features of Justice Donald Steinmetz’s exceedingly thorough and well-reasoned 68-page decision: 1. The First Amendment issue was carefully considered. The opinion tracks recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions…

  • June 10, 1998    |   Educational Choice

    VOUCHER VICTORY!

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds School Vouchers, Victory for Parents, Institute for Justice

    Washington, D.C. ­In the most important ruling ever on school choice, the Wisconsin Supreme Court this morning upheld the nation’s first school choice program against legal challenge. “A bright new day just dawned for youngsters from low-income families,” declared Clint Bolick, the Institute for Justice’s litigation director, which represented Milwaukee families defending the program. “The…

  • May 13, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.­ In the face of the strike by New York City taxicabs, which stranded large segments of the riding public, the Giuliani Administration has called upon commuter vans to fill the void. Commuter vans from Queens and Brooklyn are mobilizing to serve the airports and other key transportation sites, making sure that New Yorkers…

  • May 13, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.­ In the face of the strike by New York City taxicabs, which stranded large segments of the riding public, the Giuliani Administration has called upon commuter vans to fill the void. Commuter vans from Queens and Brooklyn are mobilizing to serve the airports and other key transportation sites, making sure that New Yorkers…

  • May 1, 1998    |   Economic Liberty

    Washington, D.C.­On Monday, May 4, 1998, independent limousine drivers in Las Vegas will file suit to break up that city’s government-imposed limousine monopoly. Following the filing of their lawsuit and a related court hearing, the drivers will caravan down The Strip in a “freedom ride” calling for an opening of the market. Last October, the…

  • April 23, 1998    |   Educational Choice

    Washington, D.C. ­Today, the Maine Cumberland County Superior Court ruled against parents who challenged the exclusion of religious schools from Maine’s tutitioning program. “This case is fundamentally about discrimination against religion,” said Richard Komer, senior litigator of the Institute for Justice, which represents the families in this case. “The only choice denied to parents is…


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