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More Chicagoans Join Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Impound Racket

The city holds cars ransom until innocent people pay for others' crimes ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE CHICAGO—Two more Chicago area residents joined a lawsuit filed...

Nevada Families Ask Court to Restore Tax Credits for Scholarships

Legislature passed bill without supermajority required for revenue-raising bills ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Las Vegas, Nev.—As Nevada students return to classrooms this week, some will...

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...

Federal Court Upholds Censorship of Dietary Advice

Health Coach Plans to Appeal Decision to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals MATT POWERS, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Pensacola, Fl.—In a blow to entrepreneurs across the Sunshine...

New Lawsuit Challenges Mississippi Labeling Law That Makes Selling “Veggie Burgers” a Crime

Vegan food company Upton's Naturals and the Plant Based Food Association fight for First Amendment right to use terms consumers understand ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR...

Supreme Court Blasts Economic Protectionism as it Strikes Down Durational Residency Requirements for Business...

To Protect Existing Liquor Stores from Competition, Tennessee Required License Seekers to Live in State for Two Years Before a License Would be Granted,...

New Report: Nation’s Largest Forfeiture Program Fails to Fight Crime

Extensive Decade-Long Study Also Provides Fresh Evidence of 'Policing for Profit' in Federal Equitable Sharing Program ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—A new Institute for...

Savannah Judge Holds Tour-Guide Lawsuit Unconstitutional

Ruling vindicates Savannah guides in long-running free speech battle ANDREW WIMER, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Savannah, Ga.—Does the First Amendment allow cities to make it illegal to...

Business Owners Bring Free Speech Lawsuit Against “Mural Police”

Lawsuit seeks to stop Mandan, North Dakota, from removing mural CONOR BECK, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Last fall, August “Augie” Kersten, co-owner of the Lonesome Dove saloon...

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...