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  • July 27, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Hair Braiding Is Safe, but Many States Keep Braiders Out of Work

    Job-Killing Licensing Laws Are Tangling Braiders in Needless Red Tape

    In any given year, an American taxpayer is more than twice as likely to be audited by the IRS as an African-style hair braider is to receive a complaint of any kind—and genuine consumer complaints are even rarer. That is according to Barriers to Braiding: How Job-Killing Licensing Laws Tangle Natural Hair Care in Needless…

  • July 22, 2016    |   Private Property

    Hinga’s Automotive Challenges Constitutionality of Dallas’ Retroactive Zoning

    Facing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Potential Fines, Hinga Mbogo Fights Dallas’ State-run Gentrification

    Dallas—Yesterday evening, the Institute for Justice, working on behalf of Hinga Mbogo and his Ross Avenue business, filed a countersuit against the City of Dallas’ efforts to force Hinga’s Automotive off the property it has occupied for thirty years. IJ also asked the court to dismiss the city’s attempt to collect upwards of $300,000 in…

  • July 13, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—Yesterday, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced sweeping legislation that takes aim at occupational licensing in Washington, D.C. If enacted, their bill, the ALLOW Act, would greatly expand economic opportunity in the nation’s capital and would create a model for states to follow. “Occupational licensing has exploded in recent years,” said…

  • July 5, 2016    |   Private Property

    Dallas Files “Land Grab” Lawsuit Against Hinga Automotive, Pursues State-sponsored Gentrification

    Institute for Justice Will Defend Beloved Mechanic Shop and Fight City’s Unconstitutional Retroactive Rezoning Process Known as “Amortization”

    Dallas—Today, Hinga’s Automotive—a trusted and beloved auto mechanic shop located on Ross Ave.—is at risk of being forced off the land it has called home for thirty years. This morning the city of Dallas filed a petition in Dallas County District Court seeking an injunction to force Hinga Mbogo to stop fixing cars on the…

  • June 30, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Des Moines, Iowa—Hair braiders in Iowa will soon be free to earn an honest living. Under a new law that will take effect tomorrow, July 1, braiders will be exempted from Iowa’s cosmetology licensing laws and will simply need to register with the state. The Institute for Justice (IJ) and braiders Aicheria Bell and Achan…

  • June 29, 2016    |   Private Property

    Victory For Maryland Dairy Farmer

    Government Returns $29,500 Taken By IRS Through Civil Forfeiture; Sets Stage To Return Millions More To Other Property Owners

    Arlington, Va.— In a development that paves the way for the government to return millions of dollars wrongly seized through civil forfeiture from hundreds of individuals and small businesses, the federal government announced today that it will return $29,500 seized from Maryland dairy farmer Randy Sowers. The IRS seized Randy’s money in February 2012 without…

  • June 29, 2016    |   Private Property

    Today, Institute for Justice Legislative Counsel Lee McGrath released the following statement on Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s signing HB 309: “Lawmakers are finally shining a light on Delaware’s secretive Special Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (SLEAF). Under this bill, SLEAF will no longer be exempt from the state’s Freedom of Information Act. HB 309 will provide…

  • June 28, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Florida Supreme Court Declines to Hear South Florida Vending Case

    Institute for Justice Will Continue to Fight for Economic Liberty

    Hialeah, Fla.—Late yesterday,  in a decision that could have consequences for all Florida entrepreneurs, the Florida Supreme Court denied review of a challenge to a Hialeah law that makes it illegal for street vendors to stand still and display their merchandise—two things essential to building a successful business. This is a disappointing end to the…

  • June 22, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—In Kentucky it used to take 1,800 hours of irrelevant training to become a natural, African-style hair braider. That was because hair braiders needed to obtain a cosmetology license to practice hair braiding. But yesterday, Governor Matt Bevin held a ceremony to commemorate the signing of S.B. 269, which exempted natural hair braiders in…

  • June 14, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Court: Businesses Must Overcharge Customers if Their County Government Says So

    Second District Court of Appeal Denied Motion for Rehearing in Constitutional Lawsuit

    In Hillsborough County, Florida, providing a limo service cheaper than the government demands is still against the law. On June 9, the Second District Court of Appeal denied the Institute for Justice’s (IJ) motion for rehearing in a constitutional challenge. The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (PTC) is literally ordering businesses to overcharge their customers. It…

  • June 13, 2016    |   Private Property

    St. Paul, Minn.—In a case of immense importance to renters and landlords across the state, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today that the government can enter renters’ homes without any evidence anything is wrong with the home. Today’s decision allows government officials to barge into the most private confines of renters’ homes—including their bedrooms…

  • June 9, 2016    |   Private Property

    Arlington, Va.— More than three years ago, the IRS used civil forfeiture to seize more than $68,000 from Vocatura’s Bakery, a third-generation family bakery in Norwich, Connecticut. Now, the bakery’s long legal nightmare may be coming to an end, as the government has agreed to withdraw the grand jury subpoena that it issued in retaliation…

  • June 1, 2016    |   Private Property

    Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate passed SB 522, which includes several reforms to the state’s forfeiture laws. “Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on due process and private property rights in America today,” said Institute for Justice Attorney Rob Peccola. “The legislature’s vote today means New Hampshire is…

  • May 25, 2016    |   Private Property

    Washington, D.C.—Today, the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to send the Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches and Seizures Act (DUE PROCESS Act) to the floor of the House of Representatives. Following today’s vote, Darpana Sheth, an attorney at the Institute for Justice who spearheads the Institute’s nationwide initiative to…

  • May 25, 2016    |   Private Property

    Three years ago, the IRS used civil forfeiture to seize more than $68,000 from Vocatura’s Bakery because the bakery’s owners deposited cash in the bank in amounts under $10,000. The IRS kept the Vocaturas’ money for three years and sought to pressure the Vocaturas to plead guilty to criminal charges of “structuring” bank deposits. In…

  • May 24, 2016    |   School Choice

    Victory: Judge Declares Florida School Choice Programs Constitutional

    Circuit Court Ruling Protects Scholarships for Low-Income and Special-Needs Families

    Tallahassee, Fla.—Families across Florida can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their scholarships are safe from a lingering legal challenge, pending appeal. Today, Judge George Reynolds of the Second Circuit Court of Leon County declared two school choice scholarship programs constitutional. The scholarships include the Florida Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship, which allows families of…

  • May 20, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Modest Reforms Demonstrate Need for Complete Overhaul of Arizona Licensing Laws

    Institute for Justice Continues to Work for Economic Liberty for All Arizonans

    Tempe, Az.—Today, Gov. Doug Ducey signed HB2613, which enacts modest changes to Arizona’s occupational licensing laws. The Institute for Justice worked with the Governor’s Office and legislators to enact HB2613 and other reform legislation. Although HB2613 contains some meaningful reforms, it demonstrates just how much work remains to protect people’s ability to earn an honest…

  • May 19, 2016    |   Private Property

    Today, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), introduced the DUE PROCESS Act, which would strengthen private property rights by making it harder for federal officials to forfeit property. Following the bill’s introduction, Darpana Sheth, an attorney at the Institute…

  • May 19, 2016    |   Private Property

    Today, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed HB 336, which enacts an important overhaul of the state’s civil forfeiture laws. The bill, which overwhelmingly passed both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, creates transparency requirements and a long list of new protections for property owners. Sponsored by Del. Joseph Vallario and Sen. Michael Hough, the…

  • May 19, 2016    |   School Choice

    Nevada’s ESA Program Ruled Constitutional in Second Legal Challenge to Nevada School Choice

    Institute for Justice Continues to Fight Earlier Injunction Against ESA Program

    Las Vegas, Nev.—In a long‑anticipated ruling, a state trial court judge dismissed one of two lawsuits that seek to dismantle Nevada’s groundbreaking Education Savings Account (ESA) program, which allows parents to use the funds deposited in their student’s ESA on a wide variety of educational options. Judge Eric Johnson, of the Eighth Judicial District Court…


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