Interior Design Litigation

IJ Challenges Licensing of Speech For Interior Designers

FL Interior Design Video

WATCH: Free to Design: Florida Entrepreneurs Take On the Interior Design Cartel

Besides unconstitutionally censoring truthful commercial speech, “titling laws” serve as precursors to full-blown occupational licensure, which is the ultimate goal of a small faction within the interior design industry led by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).  

Four states license the use of the term “interior designer” without regulating the work itself.  The anti-competitive intent behind such regulations is clear: anyone who goes looking for an “interior designer” on the Internet or in the Yellow Pages in those states will find only government-licensed cartel members, while overlooking scores of capable designers.
 
Americans’ right to freely express themselves certainly includes the right to provide truthful information to potential customers and clients.  That right, enshrined in the First Amendment, cannot simply be brushed aside by states seeking to promote the anti-competitive interests of the interior design cartel.  Simply put, IJ’s lawsuit will demonstrate that the First Amendment is more than mere window dressing when it comes to interior designers. 
 

 
 

Lawsuits

Connecticut Interior Design
Florida Interior Design
Oklahoma Interior Design
New Mexico Interior Design
Texas Interior Design

Studies

. Designed to Exclude: How Interior Design Insiders Use Government Power to Exlude Minorities & Burden Consumers

Designed to Mislead:  How Industry Insiders Mislead the Public About the Need for Interior Design Regulation
. Misinformation & Interior Design Regulation: How the Interior Design Cartel's Attack on IJ's Designing Cartels Misses the Mark
  .  Designing Cartels:  How Industry Insiders Cut Out Competition

Videos

IJ Freedom Flix: Free to Design: Florida Entrepreneurs Take On the Interior Design Cartel
Reason TV, Throw Pillow Fight: Is your interior designer really putting your life at risk? 

Select Media Coverage

The Washington Post, Wallpapering with Red Tape, March 22, 2007
Wall Street Journal, Watch Out for That Pillow, April 1, 2008
Fortune Small Business, Red Tape Snarls Interior Designers, November 11, 2008
The Oklahoman, Standing up for free speech, October 4, 2008
Reason Magazine, Do You Have a License to Move that Chair?, November 7, 2008
The Freeman, The Right to Earn a Living Under Attack, December 1, 2008

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