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Taking on the Federal Forfeiture Racket

What comes to mind when you hear “munitions of war”? Whatever it is, it is likely not five low-caliber bullets—unless you are a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent. In that case, five bullets might be all the excuse you need to seize and forfeit a man’s truck. In September 2015, CBP agents seized…

Victory for Cancer Patients

All IJ cases are important, but our recent victory on behalf of cancer patients across the country could literally be the difference between life and death. Eight years ago, IJ launched the first legal challenge to the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), taking on the federal law against compensating lifesaving bone marrow donors. The premise…

Beauty and the Board of Cosmetology

Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani is a professional makeup artist who wants to open up a makeup school. But North Carolina refuses to let her teach unless she agrees to turn her school into a full-fledged esthetics school that spends hundreds of hours teaching things makeup artists do not do, like hair removal and facials. Jasna was surprised…

IJ’s Legislative Team Fights Civil Forfeiture Across the Country

IJ’s Litigators for Liberty are not the only ones on the frontlines to end civil forfeiture. For the past few years, our legislative team has been waging its own battles in the marble hallways of Congress and state capitols across the United States. And this year, we made important gains with 10 states reforming their…

Need an Easy Way To Give to IJ?

A beneficiary designation gift is a type of charitable giving with many benefits. Naming IJ as a beneficiary of a retirement plan (including IRAs and 401(k) and Keogh plans), a life insurance policy or a savings account helps to ensure IJ’s future. Beneficiary designation gifts do not require meeting with an attorney and they offer…

Short Circuit

Bob and Addie Harte lived through an American nightmare. One early morning in 2012, they were woken up by a SWAT team breaking down their door, trashing their home and terrorizing their children for two hours—all because police mistook Addie’s loose tea leaves for marijuana. Bob, Addie and their lawyer recounted in vivid detail what…

Pennsylvania LOCKS OUT Entrepreneurs

Renting a private home on sites like Airbnb for a long vacation, a quick weekend getaway or even a business trip is becoming increasingly popular. And in high-tourism areas where competition is fierce, many homeowners are turning to marketing-savvy entrepreneurs to post and manage their listings. But Pennsylvania makes it a crime to help people…

Turning DIRT Into A Supreme Appeal

The typical IJ case takes a lot of up-front investment: We file a major lawsuit, litigate for years in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion, and, eventually, work toward victory. And we use that method for good reason: Our greatest chance of success will always come with cases we have…

Karen Sampson

This past August, the Institute for Justice lost a hero and a dear friend. Karen Sampson, the lead plaintiff in IJ’s 2006 challenge to Colorado’s burdensome campaign finance laws, passed away at her home in Parker North. Karen’s home was at the center of a free speech fight in which the state’s campaign finance laws…

The Civil Forfeiture Empire Strikes Back—And IJ Hits Back Harder

For the past two years, civil forfeiture has been in retreat. Twenty-four states have reformed their laws. Thirteen states now require a criminal conviction to forfeit property. And a bipartisan coalition in Congress has called for federal reform. Even federal prosecutors took modest steps to stop abuse, as former Attorney General Eric Holder announced a…

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