Las Vegas Limousines

IJ Wins Court Victory Vindicating Economic Liberty for Las Vegas Limo Operators
Clutter v. State of Nevada

William Clutter, John West and Rich Lowre want to compete with other limousine services in Las Vegas.

In May 2001, the Institute for Justice scored a major legal victory for economic liberty on behalf of independent Las Vegas limousine operators.  A Nevada court ruled that the State’s Transportation Services Authority (TSA) violated the constitutional rights of independent limousine operators who were unable to get limousine licenses due to the action of regulators and established limousine companies seeking to limit competition.

In his decision, Clark County District Court Judge Ron Parraguirre declared, “The right to earn a living in one’s chosen profession is a liberty interest protected by the due process clauses of both the U.S. and Nevada constitutions.”

Nevada’s onerous and arbitrary limousine licensing procedure, declared an unconstitutional violation of due process rights by Judge Parraguirre, was a classic case of regulatory “capture” by the regulated.  The TSA allowed existing limousine companies to “intervene” in the administrative hearings for license applications from new companies; in other words, it allowed existing companies to protest in a government forum the entrance of new competitors into the market.  Not surprisingly, from 1979 to 1998—the year the Institute for Justice filed suit against the agency to break up its state-enforced cartel—only four new companies were admitted to the market and they were only permitted to operate under onerous restrictions.

After IJ’s legal victory, client Ed Wheeler secured a limo license and now runs a successful and popular business, Omni Limo ( in Las Vegas.

Media Kit


Backgrounder: The Fight for a Free Market: Opening the Las Vegas Limousine Monopoly

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Latest Release: Limo Drivers Follow Up Legal Victory With Legislative Win (June 15, 2001)

Launch Release: Las Vegas Independent Limousine Drivers Sue to Break Up Monopoly, Take Freedom Ride (May 1, 1998)

Legal Briefs and Decisions

Decision: View Judge Ron Parraguirre's Decision in the LV Limo case

Case Timeline

Filed Lawsuit:


May 4, 1998

Court Filed:


Clark County District Court



May 16, 2001: Trial court ruled that the TSA violated the constitutional right to earn a living in one’s chosen profession by arbitrarily denying IJ’s clients limousine licenses




Additional Releases

Maps, Charts and Facts

Release: Victory For Las Vegas Limo Operators: Judge Declares Right to Earn a Living Protected By State and Federal Constitutions (May 17, 2001)

White Paper: Opening entry into nevada’s limousine market

Op-eds, News Articles and Links

Release: Nearly Three Years After Filing Suit Independent Limo Drivers In Las Vegas Finally Get Their Day In Court (Febuary 8, 2001)

Article: Driven To Succeed: IJ Client Ed Wheeler Launches Limo Business After Legal Victory; Liberty & Law (March 2002)

Article: Behind the Scenes in Las Vegas; Liberty & Law (July 2001)

Article: With Big Odds and High Stakes Limo Drivers and IJ Lawyers Roll to Victory; Liberty & Law (July 2001)

Article: Viva Las Vegas Limos; Liberty & Law (March 2001)

Article: Viva Las Vegas Litigation; Liberty & Law (June 2000) 

Release: IJ Expands Economic Liberty Lawsuit, Second State Agency Sued to Bust Limousine Monopoly (October 21, 1998)

Release: Las Vegas Limousines Under Fire By Regulators (March 4, 1998)

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