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  • February 12, 2018    |   Private Property

    Indio Attorney’s Fees

    Class Action Lawsuit Challenges California Cities’ For-Profit Prosecution Scheme

    There is a new sheriff in town in Indio, California and he’s coming after residents who find themselves caught in the city’s outrageous new code enforcement law. That sheriff is a private, for-profit law firm called Silver and Wright, which was hired by Indio in 2014 to serve as the city’s official prosecutor for code…

  • January 31, 2018    |   Private Property

    Indiana Forfeiture Petition

    There ARE Limits: IJ Appeals Excessive Fines Case To U.S. Supreme Court

    Can a state impose any fine on someone, no matter how outrageous? Or does the U.S. Constitution prohibit states and local governments from imposing excessive fines and fees, just as it does with the federal government? These are the questions that arise out of Timbs v. Indiana, a case the Institute for Justice is appealing…

  • December 7, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    New Jersey Baked Goods Ban

    New Jersey Bakers Challenge State Ban on Selling Home-Baked Goods

    New Jersey is the only state in the U.S. to completely ban bakers from selling cookies, cakes and muffins that were made in a home kitchen—foods even the government deems to be “not potentially hazardous.” New Jersey allows home bakers to legally sell their baked goods for charity and nonprofit bake sales. But the second…

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