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Florida Barbers Free to Leave the Shop Under Newly Approved Bill

Legislation headed to the Governor would allow barbers to cut hair outside of registered barbershops

Charlotte Trucking Company Owner Fights for $39,500 Police Took from Him at Phoenix Airport

Civil forfeiture allows Arizona law enforcement to take money without connecting it with a crime

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  • April 8, 2021    |   Private Property

    Innocent Property Owners Will be at Risk if Proposed Forfeiture Reforms Are Gutted

    Story of Phoenix airport traveler who had $39,500 seized without criminal charges demonstrates what is at stake

    PHOENIX—Proposed legislation to reform civil forfeiture practices in Arizona, House Bill 2810, was on a swift path to confirmation after nearly unanimous support in the House. Now, however, a proposed amendment in the Senate could gut the proposed reforms, encouraging abusive law enforcement practices rather than correcting them. The Institute for Justice (IJ) opposes the…

  • April 7, 2021    |   Private Property

    Institute for Justice Urges Protections for Private Property Owners in Supreme Court Pipeline Fight

    IJ brief calls on the Court to reject government’s attempt to restrict landowners’ ability to fight eminent domain

    Arlington, Virginia—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ) filed an amicus brief in PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC v. New Jersey, a U.S. Supreme Court case about the scope of private companies’ powers to take land through eminent domain to build pipelines under the Natural Gas Act. IJ’s brief urges the Court to reject arguments made by…

  • April 7, 2021    |   Immunity and Accountability

    Today, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a first-of-its-kind bill that would let individuals sue government agencies for violating their rights. Critically, the new legislation, the New Mexico Civil Rights Act (HB 4), would eliminate “qualified immunity” as a legal defense.  Under qualified immunity, government officials can only be held liable for violating someone’s…

  • April 6, 2021    |   Immunity and Accountability

    Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: How Qualified Immunity Allows Government Officials to Delay Access to Justice

    Castle Hills Officials Ask Appeals Court to Reinstate Immunity, Delaying Government Accountability Case

    Late last week, attorneys for three Castle Hills, Texas, officials appealed a ruling holding that they are not immune from suit. The officials, who were sued for throwing a 72-year-old city councilwoman in jail in an attempt to silence her criticism of the city, will ask the federal appeals court to grant them qualified immunity,…

  • April 6, 2021    |   Private Property

    Qualified Immunity: Where Did the Controversial Judicial Doctrine Come From?

    New podcast episode traces the origin of a doctrine that protects law enforcement from suits for violations of constitutional rights

    Arlington, Va.—Qualified immunity is the controversial judicial doctrine that allows law enforcement officers and other government officials to escape from lawsuits in which people allege that their constitutional rights were violated. Calls for the Supreme Court and lawmakers to reform or eliminate qualified immunity have echoed from across the political spectrum. But because qualified immunity…

  • April 6, 2021    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Mental Health Professional Sues New York for the Right to Teleconference with Her Client

    When a pandemic waiver expires, online therapy by out-of-state counselors will be illegal, ending critical mental health services for many in the Empire State

    ALBANY, N.Y.—The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of New Yorkers. According to the New York State Health Foundation, more than one-third of New Yorkers reported poor mental health in 2020, three times the average before the pandemic. Yet despite the demand for mental health services, the state could soon make…

  • April 1, 2021    |   Economic Liberty

    Tallahassee, Fla.—With the Florida House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 663, Florida moves one step closer to reforming rules on selling shelf-stable homemade food, commonly known as cottage foods. Florida law currently includes outdated requirements that do not exist in most states, and this overdue reform could lead to the creation of new small businesses across the Sunshine State. The Institute for Justice (IJ),…

  • March 31, 2021    |   Private Property

    Major Class Action Lawsuit Against TSA and DEA Over Airport Seizures Achieves First Round Victory

    Lawsuit filed by innocent flyers who each had tens of thousands of dollars taken from them will move forward

    PITTSBURGH—When travelers go online to find out whether it is legal to fly with cash, the government tells them that there are no restrictions on traveling with any amount of money on domestic flights. What it does not tell flyers is that, upon seeing cash, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners will detain them and turn…

  • March 29, 2021    |   Educational Choice

    National School Choice Advocate Stands Ready to Defend Kentucky’s New Educational Choice Program Against Anticipated Legal Challenge

    Institute for Justice (IJ) has won over 20 school choice lawsuits, including three at the U.S. Supreme Court

    Frankfort, Ky.—This evening, the Institute for Justice (IJ) announced that it stands ready to defend against an anticipated legal challenge to Kentucky’s newly enacted Education Opportunity Account (EOA) Program by opponents of educational choice. Earlier this evening, the Kentucky General Assembly overrode Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of the legislation creating the program. The EOA Program…

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