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Judge Gives Preliminary Approval to Philadelphia Forfeiture Class Action Settlement

Starting May 24, 2019, Philadelphians whose property was taken by the city using civil forfeiture can apply for compensation ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE PHILADELPHIA— Philadelphians who...

Arizona Becomes First State to Broadly Recognize Out-of-State Licenses

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Thanks to a major reform signed earlier today by Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona became the first state in the nation...

Lawsuit Challenges Indiana’s Ban on Using Online Eye Tests to Obtain Prescriptions

MATT POWERS, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—Can the government restrict access to innovative health care technology in order to prop up an outdated business model?...

North Dakota Eliminates Licenses for Braiding Hair and Threading Eyebrows

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE North Dakota became the latest state to untangle natural hair braiders and eyebrow threaders from a thicket of licensing red...

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...

Dairy Farmer Wins First Round to Say that Skim Milk is Skim Milk

ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Harrisburg, Pa.—A federal judge in Pennsylvania denied the Food and Drug Administration’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit about whether additive-free...

Bipartisan Bill in Congress Would Dramatically Reform Civil Forfeiture

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE On Wednesday, Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Bobby...

Montana School Choice Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Montana Supreme Court ruled state may discriminate against parents who select religious schools for their children JOHN KRAMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Virginia—In a case appealed yesterday...

U.S. Coastguard Sued for Delegating Power to Private Association

ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—Captain Matthew Hight was on the verge of getting his license to pilot commercial vessels on the St. Lawrence...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Unanimously That States Cannot Impose Excessive Fines

Ruling Requires Cities and States—Not Just the Federal Government— To Abide by the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause JOHN KRAMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE In an historic...

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,...

Charleston Appeals Federal Decision Striking Down Tour Guide

ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Charleston, S.C.—Yesterday , attorneys for the City of Charleston appealed an August 2018 federal court ruling that struck down the...

New Bill Would End Civil Forfeiture in South Carolina

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE At a press conference Wednesday, South Carolina lawmakers announced a bill that would abolish civil forfeiture. Should the bill pass,...

Driver’s License Revocation Laws Drives Tennesseans into an Irrational Cycle of Debt and Punishment

J. JUSTIN WILSON, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE The state of Tennessee revokes the driver’s license of any person who fails to pay fines, costs, and litigation...

IJ to FDA: Milk Doesn’t Have to Come from Cows to be Called Milk

ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Late last week, the Institute for Justice (IJ) filed an official comment with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opposing...

Virginia Couple Scores First Round Victory in First Amendment Fight

Army veteran and wife are suing State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for right to teach job skills ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va....

Lawsuit Challenges SEC Gag Order and Book Ban

Institute for Justice represents Cato Institute in First Amendment lawsuit to end SEC’s imposition of unconstitutional settlement gag orders J. JUSTIN WILSON, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE This...

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide on Discriminatory State Laws Against Newcomers

JOHN E. KRAMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—Doug and Mary Ketchum moved to Memphis in 2016 with the dream of buying a business that would...

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....

Virginia Couple Sues to Protect Their First Amendment Right to Teach

ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Richmond, Va.—In Virginia, you can teach anyone anything—except how to earn an honest living. That’s the lesson Jon and Tracy...

Louisiana Legislature Sends License Review Bill to Governor

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Late Thursday, the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously approved HB 748, a bill that would review the state’s burdensome and often...

Lawsuit Challenges California Law Criminalizing Teaching Trade Skills

Horshoeing school sues state for right to teach students with limited education J. JUSTIN WILSON, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Today, Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast...

Illinois Becomes 25th State to Pass Civil Forfeiture Reform

Bill Will Protect Innocent Owners, Add New Disclosure Requirements NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Today , Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that bolsters transparency...

House Defunds Attorney General’s Expansion of Civil Forfeiture

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved three amendments late Tuesday that would defund a notorious federal forfeiture program that was recently restored by...

With Governor’s Signature, Arizona Now the 20th State to Pass Forfeiture Reform

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Today , Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed bipartisan legislation to meaningfully reform Arizona civil forfeiture laws. Under civil forfeiture, law...

Idaho Governor Vetoes Forfeiture Reform

Claims the Bill Lacks "Any Benefit to Law-Abiding Citizens NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Late yesterday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vetoed HB  202a, which would have...

Cops Seized $ 17,550 from Driver

Never Charged Him with a Crime NICK SIBELLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Mandrel Stuart used to own the Smoking Roosters, a barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Va....

How a Philadelphia Family Lost Their Home to Asset Forfeiture

NICK SIBILLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Under the legal doctrine of civil forfeiture, police can seize property tangentially linked to a crime, even if the property...