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Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to Shutdown Detroit’s 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...

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 MATT POWERS, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Following...

Pottstown Renters Score Major Win In Challenge to Unconstitutional Rental Inspections

CONOR BECK, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Pottstown, Penn.—This morning, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion vacating and remanding a lower court’s ruling in favor of Pottstown...

It’s the Knick of Time for States to Revisit Overbearing Land Use Regulations

WILLIAM YEATMAN, CATO INSTITUTE It’s January, so most state legislatures are kicking off their sessions. Across state capitols, one issue to monitor is the fallout...

Institute for Justice Asks SCOTUS to End Colorado Law Allowing Neighbors to Engage in Eminent Domain Abuse

Colorado law allows neighbors to gang up on one another, create fake municipalities, and then seize property using eminent domain—all without any government oversight J....

Time Running Out for Philly Forfeiture Victims to Submit Claim

ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE PHILADELPHIA— Philadelphians who lost their property to the city’s abusive civil forfeiture machine must apply by December 6, 2019 to receive...

National Cattlemen’s Betrayal of Its Own Industry

BY TOM DEWEESE MY ADDRESS TO THE COLORADO INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION I’m not a cattleman and I’m not going to pretend I know everything you are...

Washington Homeowner Sues for Right to Renovate Her Home

Lawsuit challenges city law requiring homeowners to pay exorbitant fees to fix up city streets before they can renovate their homes J. JUSTIN WILSON, INSTITUTE...

Illinois Family Sues to End Compulsory Eviction Law for Crimes House Guest Committed

After a house guest was arrested, Granite City, Ill. police are now trying to evict everyone in the home: An innocent family with three...

Remembering the Ragusan Republic

LAWRENCE W. REED, FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION Visitors to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic are struck by the magnificence of the stone...

Man Claims NYC Officials are Abetting Neighbor’s Theft of His Property.

BY SELWYN DUKE A man’s home is supposed to be his castle. But this is no longer the case in New York City, according to...

Norco Homeowner Fights Back With Lawsuit After City Attempts to Take His Home

Institute for Justice for-profit law firm's attempt to collect more than $60,000 in attorney fees after it lost in court Conor Beck, Institute for Justice Two...

Piano Man Wins Round Two in Atlantic City Eminent Domain Fight

New Jersey Appellate Court rejects state agency's land speculation and effort to condemn Atlantic City piano tuner's longtime family home JOHN KRAMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE ARLINGTON,...

‘Justice’ Is the Word of the Year, and ‘Social Justice’ Is Its Orwellian Opposite

BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has declared “justice” its “Word of the Year” for 2018, owing to a 74 percent year-over-year increase in...

When environmentalism becomes corruption – Part 2

~We need rational rules to protect environmental values – and meet essential societal needs~ Craig Liukko What does this country do for essential everyday minerals, when...

When environmentalism becomes corruption – Part 1

~Environmental principles are too often used to stop lawful, responsible, vital land uses~ Craig Liukko All across the United States, private property rights are under assault...

Victory for property rights as EPA changes course

BY TOM DEWEESE We’ve won a major step forward for property rights. But there’s also a major danger that it can be reversed. Let me...

Conservation Easements and Land Trusts, The Ultimate Faustian Marriage

Kathleen Marquardt, American Policy Center “Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the...

Federal Court Finds Albuquerque’s Civil Forfeiture Program Unconstitutional

Judge finds Albuquerque's program forces property owners to bear an unconstitutional burden to prove own innocence and creates an unconstitutional incentive to take property. J....

Will Brett Kavanaugh Stand for Property Rights?

BY TOM DEWEESE There’s lots of talk about where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands on the Roe v Wade abortion decision and if he...

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The Left’s attack on the Fourth of July

~Another step in erasing our collective memory~ Scot Faulkner My previous column raised alarms about radical leftists who want to obliterate everything good that America ever...

Mister Trump Goes to Washington

BY T.F. STERN A curious dream awakened me this morning, tying an old Jimmy Stewart movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with current political situations.  Wiping...

What is the antidote to ‘Wokeness’?

~Evan Sayet’s The Woke Supremacy provides answers we cannot afford to ignore~ Duggan Flanakin Political comedian Evan Sayet says he has long dedicated himself to conserving...

Deconstructing California: From Christian Founding to Shutting Down Churches

American Minute with Bill Federer George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1984: "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has...