Press Releases

  • October 16, 2018    |   Private Property

    Akron Charity Sues for Right to Shelter the Homeless

    City refuses to allow man to use his commercial property to host tent community; fears tents will be gone by Thanksgiving

    Akron, Ohio—Since ancient times, good samaritans have used their land to shelter the neediest. That tradition continues today in Akron, Ohio, where Sage Lewis—a local entrepreneur—welcomed a group of homeless people to set up tents in the back lot of his business after the city forced them off public land. That was more than a…

  • October 15, 2018    |   Private Property

    With the midterms just three weeks away, a new poll found widespread opposition to civil forfeiture, a controversial practice that lets law enforcement agencies seize and keep property, without a criminal conviction or even filing charges. Conducted by the Institute for Justice and YouGov, the poll found that 76 percent of Americans would be more…

  • October 15, 2018    |   Other

    South Side Pitch Crowns Winner in Fifth Annual Business Competition

    Innovative exercise solution Liv Labs rises above 130 competitors

    CHICAGO—Five South Side entrepreneurs took the stage last week with three crowned winners and all the contestants gaining valuable experience in promoting their unique business idea. For five years running, the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) has hosted South Side Pitch. Liv Labs, an innovative solution to help women exercise with confidence,…

  • October 10, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Victory for Carolina Beach Food Trucks

    Town rules out protectionist ordinance

    Carolina Beach, N.C.—At a public town council meeting last night, the Carolina Beach council announced that it intends to make Carolina Beach a leader for food truck freedom and remove, rather than enact, barriers to competition. This comes six weeks after it repealed an unconstitutional ordinance requiring food truck owners own a brick-and-mortar restaurant in…

  • October 10, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Fish Creek Small Business Fights for the Right to Run a Food Truck

    Town board that banned businesses on wheels sued for violating Wisconsin’s Constitution

    Sturgeon Bay, Wis.—The owners of White Cottage Red Door, a Door County shop known for “everything cherry,” filed a constitutional challenge to the town of Gibraltar’s food-truck ban. When the small business opened a food truck in its parking lot in the summer of 2017, the Town of Gibraltar’s board, chaired by a local brick-and-mortar…

  • October 9, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Missouri Hair Braiding Case

    Decision effectively ends case after state’s new stand-alone braiding license went into effect

    Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court today effectively brought to an end a four-year challenge to Missouri’s licensing of African-style hair braiders. The braiders, working with the Institute for Justice (IJ), challenged the state’s requirement that they spend thousands of dollars on 1,500 hours of cosmetology training even though the training did not cover braiding. Earlier…

  • October 5, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    New Jersey Creates New License for Natural Hair Braiders

    License Shaves Off Over 1,100 Hours of Useless Classes

    On Thursday, a new specialty license for African-style natural hair braiders was signed into law in New Jersey. Under the law (A-3754), a braider can now become licensed after completing a maximum of 40 to 50 hours of coursework, depending on their experience level. Previously, braiders could only legally work if they had a cosmetology…

  • October 3, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order on Wednesday to reform the state’s “overly-restrictive licensure schemes.” Today, occupational licensing  is one of the biggest labor market barriers in the nation, with one-third of New Mexico’s workforce needing either a license or certification to legally work. That red tape also raises prices for consumers…

  • October 2, 2018    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Texas Veterinarian Fights for Right to Give Professional Advice

    Files First Amendment Lawsuit With Major Implications for Free Speech and Occupational Telepractice

    For a decade, licensed veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines gave advice online from his Texas home to pet owners across the world. Then, the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners said that his advice was illegal—not because it harmed an animal or was inaccurate, but because Texas prohibits veterinarians from sharing their expertise with pet…

  • September 18, 2018    |   Private Property

    Institute for Justice Dismantles Philadelphia Forfeiture Machine

    After four years of litigation, city agrees to end “policing for profit,” ensure due process and establish $3 million compensation fund for victims of city’s forfeiture practices

    PHILADELPHIA—The Institute for Justice (IJ) today announced a major settlement with the city of Philadelphia, ending the city’s draconian civil forfeiture machine. In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania today, city officials agreed to a set of reforms that will end the perverse financial incentives under which law…

  • September 17, 2018    |   Private Property

    18 Amicus Briefs Support Institute for Justice’s Client, 1 Brief, which Examines the History of the Eighth Amendment, Remains Neutral Indiana Supreme Court Ruled Governments within the State May Impose Excessive Fines Until the U.S. Supreme Court Says They Can’t Arlington, Va.—In late November or early December, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Timbs v.…

  • September 12, 2018

    Today, the Charlestown City Council started the process of rescinding the Indiana state Unsafe Building Law. The vote comes just two days after an Indiana Appeals Court ruled that the city had violated the state Unsafe Building Law when it levied outrageous fines against homeowners in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood. In response to today’s vote,…

  • September 10, 2018

    The city’s attempt to spin today’s decision as a win is just that: spin. The city has lost on everything. Mayor Hall cannot point to a single legal argument that the city has won. Only by the city’s backwards logic does an unbroken string of losses amount to a victory. The Homeowners have won again…

  • September 10, 2018    |   Private Property

    Property Owner Sheltering Akron’s Homeless Fights for Right to Help

    Hearing to Decide Whether City Council Will Allow Tents on Private Property

    Akron, Ohio—Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Akron City Council will hold a hearing on the application of Sage Lewis and The Homeless Charity for a permit to continue sheltering the homeless on private commercial property at 15 Broad Street. This permit application raises not just questions about zoning policy, but the constitutional rights of property…

  • September 10, 2018    |   Private Property

    Pleasant Ridge Wins Again at Appeals Court

    Appellate Court rules state protections that the city had blatantly ignored do, in fact, apply to Charlestown property owners

    Charlestown, Ind.—Today, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the City of Charlestown must follow the state of Indiana’s Unsafe Building Law, a state statute that gives property owners procedural protections from overzealous city code enforcement. The decision on the neighborhood’s preliminary injunction now goes back to Judge Jason Mount to rule on how the Unsafe…

  • September 5, 2018    |   Private Property

    IJ Files Merits Brief & Posts Video News Release In Anticipation of Timbs Excessive Fines Clause Case To Be Argued Before the U.S. Supreme Court

    Indiana Supreme Court Ruled It May Impose Excessive Fines Until the U.S. Supreme Court Says It Can’t

    Arlington, Va.—The case of Tyson Timbs v. State of Indiana, which will be argued this fall before the U.S. Supreme Court, tells an all-too-familiar tale of opioid addiction and recovery in America. But this story has an important constitutional twist that may help protect millions of Americans from the abuse of government-imposed fines and fees,…

  • August 29, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Carolina Beach, N.C.—Last night, after an extended meeting behind closed doors, the Carolina Beach town council repealed a law that makes it illegal to operate a food truck in the town unless the owner also owns a brick-and-mortar restaurant in town. The unanimous vote came a week after the Institute for Justice (IJ) partnered with…

  • August 27, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Gov. Phil Murphy conditionally vetoed a bill (A-3754) on Monday that would have let African-style natural hair braiders practice their craft without a license. In New Jersey, braiders can only work legally if they are licensed cosmetologists, which requires at least 1,200 hours of training and can cost upwards of $17,000 in tuition. Several braiders…

  • August 21, 2018    |   Economic Liberty

    Food Truck Owners Fight For Right To Compete in Carolina Beach

    Lawsuit Challenges Carolina Beach Food Truck Law

    Carolina Beach, N.C.—Variety is the spice of life, unless you live in the small beach community of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, where the town council has made it nearly impossible for food truck owners from neighboring towns to operate. Thankfully, the North Carolina state constitution makes that kind of economic protectionism illegal. So, today, a…

  • August 21, 2018    |   Educational Choice

    Maine Parents Challenge Law Excluding Religious Schools from the State’s Tuition Program

    New federal lawsuit seeks to end religious discrimination and vindicate parental liberty

    Portland, Maine—Today, three families represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ) and the First Liberty Institute (FLI) filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a Maine law that excludes parents from participating in the state’s school tuition program because they chose religious schools for their children, violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of free exercise of religion…

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