Press Releases

  • February 15, 2017    |   Private Property

    Yesterday, the City of Charlestown, Ind., filed a legal motion attempting to prevent the Institute for Justice from representing the residents of the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood for free. The motion, which is exceptionally rare, asks the court to allow the city’s attorney to cross-examine the Institute’s attorneys to determine if they are truly qualified to…

  • February 15, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Rhode Island Rep. Anastasia Williams, chair of the Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, recently introduced HB 5436, which would deregulate the practice of natural or African-style hair braiding. Under Rhode Island law, braiders can only work if they first obtain a cosmetology license, which takes at least 1,500 hours of training. Only six states have…

  • February 10, 2017    |   Private Property

    Lawsuit Challenges Mayor’s Mission to Bulldoze Low-income Neighborhood for Private Development

    Institute for Justice Partners with Charlestown, Ind. Homeowners to Fight City’s Illegal Land Grab

    Charlestown, Ind.—Imagine being told that the home you’ve lived in for most of your life—a home you own free and clear, a home you’ve raised your family in—was going to be bulldozed by the city to make room for a new housing development. That nightmare is an unfortunate reality for dozens of homeowners in the…

  • February 7, 2017    |   Private Property

    Today, President Donald Trump suggested he would “destroy the career” of an unnamed Texas State Senator who was said to be considering legislation that would require a criminal conviction before Texas law enforcement officials can use civil forfeiture to seize and keep an individual’s private property. Following the President’s remarks, Matt Miller, Managing Attorney of…

  • February 7, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Arizona Animal Massage Practitioners

    Arizonans no longer need a veterinary license to massage animals

    Tempe, Ariz.—Today, Arizona became a little bit freer when the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board agreed to stop enforcing the state’s veterinary laws against animal massage practitioners. The laws made it illegal for anyone except licensed veterinarians to provide animal massage. This change was in direct response to a March 2014 lawsuit filed by…

  • February 3, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    Under legislation signed today by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, hair braiders will no longer have to finish 2,100 hours of irrelevant training to get a license to work—the strictest requirement in the nation. Thanks to the reform bill, HB 1048, natural or African-style hair braiding is now exempt from the state’s cosmetology laws. “Today’s…

  • February 1, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    ATLANTA—Today, Judge Leigh Martin May of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia upheld a policy of the Georgia Board of Dentistry that grants dentists a lucrative monopoly on teeth-whitening services. Georgia’s policy was challenged in a lawsuit filed in December 2014 by teeth-whitening entrepreneur Christina Collins and the Institute for Justice…

  • January 25, 2017    |   Economic Liberty

    The South Dakota Senate today unanimously approved HB 1048, a bill that would exempt natural hair braiding from the state’s cosmetology laws. State law currently requires braiders to finish 2,100 hours of cosmetology training before they can legally work—the highest in the nation. “Today’s vote is a win for entrepreneurship, economic liberty, and just plain…

  • January 17, 2017    |   Private Property

    Arlington, Va.—The federal government’s forfeiture transparency laws, as well as those of most states, are in dire need of reform, as they too often leave Congress, state legislators and the public in the dark about how forfeiture is being used—and unable to hold law enforcement accountable. So finds a new report released today by the…

  • January 4, 2017    |   Private Property

    Today, Gov. John Kasich signed HB 347, an important overhaul of the state’s civil forfeiture laws. Under current law, Ohioans do not have to be convicted, much less charged with a crime, for the government to take their property through civil forfeiture. “Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on due process and…

  • December 29, 2016    |   First Amendment

    Colorado Mom Scores First-Round Victory In First Amendment Fight

    Magistrate Judge Allows Challenge to Colorado’s “Outsourced” Campaign Finance Enforcement to Move Forward

      Arlington, Va.— On Thursday afternoon, Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer of the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado ruled that a lawsuit against Colorado Secretary of State Wayne W. Williams can go forward. The lawsuit involves a First Amendment challenge by Strasburg, Colo. resident Tammy Holland to Colorado’s unique system of campaign finance…

  • December 22, 2016    |   Private Property

    With Court Date Looming, Albuquerque Drops Civil Forfeiture Case and Returns Illegally Seized Car

    After fighting almost 8 months, Arlene Harjo will get her car back; IJ will press forward with fight against city’s illegal civil forfeiture program

    Albuquerque—The City of Albuquerque has held Arlene Harjo’s silver Nissan Versa in an impound lot for the last eight months. Late Monday, the city admitted in a court filing that it acted illegally when it tried to take the car using civil forfeiture. Just in time for Christmas, Arlene is getting back her car. This…

  • December 9, 2016    |   Private Property

    Late yesterday, the Ohio House and Senate overwhelmingly passed HB 347, an important overhaul of the state’s civil forfeiture laws. Under current law, Ohioans do not have to be convicted, much less charged with a crime, for the government to take their property through civil forfeiture. The bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich for…

  • December 8, 2016    |   Private Property

    Lawsuits Challenge Federal Agencies’ Refusal to Disclose Forfeiture Records

    Institute for Justice Files FOIA Lawsuits Against IRS and CBP

    Arlington, Va.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ) sued two federal agencies—the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection—for flouting the federal Freedom of Information Act and hindering access to information about the federal government’s forfeiture activity. As part of IJ’s nationwide initiative to end civil forfeiture, in March 2015 IJ filed Freedom of…

  • December 7, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Ken’s Cab

    Judge Strikes Down Little Rock’s Taxi Monopoly as Unconstitutional

    Little Rock—Late today, Arkansas taxi driver Ken Leininger scored a sweeping victory in his constitutional challenge to Little Rock, Arkansas’ longstanding taxi monopoly. Judge David Laser—sitting in the Pulaski County Circuit Court—ruled from the bench that Little Rock’s city code violated the Arkansas Constitution, which prohibits the government from creating this sort of anticompetitive monopoly.…

  • November 29, 2016

    Arlington, Va.—Institute for Justice Attorney Darpana Sheth issues the following statement: “The United States government has agreed to give Charles Clarke back every penny of the $11,000 it seized from him at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in February 2014, plus interest. Charles is very pleased that he will get his life savings back and…

  • November 23, 2016    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Texas Doubles Down In Fight To Stifle Craft Brewers’ Property Rights

    State Appeals Decision That Held State Alcohol Law Unconstitutional

    Austin, Tx. – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has filed a notice of appeal in Live Oak v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The case involves a Texas law that was passed in 2013, which required craft brewers to give beer distributors millions of dollars’ worth of distribution rights for free.  In August, an Austin trial…

  • November 1, 2016    |   Private Property

    San Diego Cops Seize Innocent Family’s Life Savings Using Civil Forfeiture Laws

    San Diego police even seized two teenagers’ savings accounts

    San Diego, Ca.—For two years, James Slatic operated his legal medical marijuana business, Med-West Distribution, from a commercial building on Engineer Road. James was public about his marijuana business because, under California law, Med-West was permitted to manufacture and distribute the drug to patients with a doctor’s prescription. The business complied with state law, registered…

  • October 27, 2016

    Arizona Forfeiture Victims Get Their Car Back

    Lawsuit Far From Over; Fight to Abolish Forfeiture Laws Continues

    Phoenix, Ariz.—Less than one month after Terry and Ria Platt teamed up with the Institute for Justice to challenge Arizona’s rigged civil forfeiture system, Navajo County prosecutors will return the Platts’ unlawfully seized car. But the lawsuit against Arizona’s forfeiture laws will continue. In Arizona, owners have only 30 days to either petition the prosecutor…

  • October 20, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Columbia, South Carolina– Can the government restrict access to innovative health care technology in order to prop up an outdated business model? That is the question to be answered by a new lawsuit filed today by online company Opternative and the Institute for Justice in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas. Opternative is a…


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