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Federalism Wins Supreme Court Jackpot

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE The smart money was always on the Supreme Court to make the kind of ruling it did today, strike down a federal law...

Supreme Court Hard to Predict in Important Securities Case

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE Investment adviser Ray Lucia conducted some seminars that ran afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC fined him $300,000...

Time to Bury the Williamson County Rule

ILYA SHAPIRO, TREVOR BURRUS, and MEGGAN DEWITT, CATO INSTITUTE Claims for unconstitutional takings of property against state actors should not be treated differently than other...

You Should Be Able to Vindicate Federal Property Rights in Federal Court

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE In 2012, various properties in Van Buren County, Michigan became subject to foreclosure for property tax delinquencies. In 2014, the properties...

More Solid Judges

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE Whatever’s happening with James Comey’s testimony, Donald Trump’s Twitter account, or congressional inaction on Obamacare repeal, tax reform, or much of...

Even Lawyers Have a Right to Earn an Honest Living

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE An Argentine attorney, Maximiliano Gluzman, completed a master’s in law (LL.M.) at Vanderbilt Law School—including a heavy dose of common-law subjects—but...

In Defense of Truthiness

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE If you only read one Cato brief this Supreme Court term, it should be this one. Believe it or not, it’s illegal...

Time for the Supreme Court to Explain the Scope of the Second Amendment

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE From the 1939 case of United States v. Miller until 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court left unclear what right the...