Press Releases

  • October 11, 2019

    South Side Pitch Crowns Winner in Annual Business Competition

    All-natural detergent company Dinobi Detergent rises above 120 competitors

    CHICAGO—Six South Side entrepreneurs took the stage last night with three crowned winners and all the contestants gaining valuable experience in promoting their unique business ideas. For six years running, the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) has hosted South Side Pitch. Dinobi Detergent, which makes an all natural detergent, took first place…

  • October 10, 2019    |   Private Property

    First Round Victory in Challenge to Compulsory-Eviction Law

    Federal court issues two emergency injunctions against Granite City, Illinois’ “crime free housing” law

    Yesterday, Judge Staci M. Yandle of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois issued temporary restraining orders protecting two Granite City families from eviction under the city’s compulsory-eviction law. Represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ), the two families had filed civil-rights lawsuits against the city, the first in August and the…

  • October 9, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Food Fight Turns into Major Privacy Battle In U.S. Supreme Court Appeal

    Chicago Demands Food Trucks Install GPS Tracking Systems To Prevent Them from Competing with Politically Powerful Restaurants; Illinois Supreme Court Ruled GPS Tracking Doesn’t Constitute a Search

    Arlington, Va.—“If the government forces you to install a GPS device and can track your whereabouts, that is a search. But the Illinois Supreme Court ruled otherwise. That is why we are appealing this case to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Robert Frommer, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice (IJ). IJ recently filed…

  • October 8, 2019    |   Private Property

    Washington Homeowner Sues for Right to Renovate Her Home

    Lawsuit challenges city law requiring homeowners to pay exorbitant fees to fix up city streets before they can renovate their homes

    After living in her one-bedroom, one-bathroom house for nearly 40 years, Richland, Wash. resident Linda Cameron decided it was time for a renovation. Between visits from her friends and family, her modest home was proving to be too cramped, so she worked with a local builder to draw up plans to add a second bedroom…

  • October 2, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Arlington, Virginia—More than 30 amicus (or “friend-of-the-court”) briefs have been filed in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue calling for greater educational choice for parents and their children.  Espinoza, which is being litigated by the Institute for Justice (IJ), is expected to set a landmark precedent when it comes to education reform and will decide…

  • October 2, 2019

    U.S. Supreme Court Will Soon Hear Landmark Education Case

    IJ Brief Makes Constitutional Case For Including Religious Options In School Choice Programs

    Arlington, Virginia—Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court returns for another term and among the cases it will hear is Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case expected to set a landmark precedent when it comes to education reform. Espinoza, which is being litigated by the Institute for Justice (IJ), will decide whether states may…

  • October 1, 2019    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Today, Nashville’s Chancery Court of Davidson County upheld Nashville’s client prohibition for home-based businesses, preventing music producer Lij Shaw from recording musicians at his in-home studio and hair stylist Pat Raynor from cutting the hair of her long-time clients in a state-approved single-chair salon she built in her house. The lawsuit against Nashville’s home business…

  • September 30, 2019    |   Private Property

    More Chicagoans Join Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Impound Racket

    The city holds cars ransom until innocent people pay for others’ crimes

    CHICAGO—Two more Chicago area residents joined a lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice (IJ) seeking to end Chicago’s unconstitutional impound scheme. Each year, Chicago impounds tens of thousands of cars, imposing harsh penalties and rapidly accruing towing and storage fees on their owners. The system traps even innocent owners in its bureaucratic maze. Since…

  • September 27, 2019    |   Private Property

    UPDATE: Landlord and Tenants Temporarily Halt Illinois City’s Unconstitutional Home Inspections

    Federal court enters agreed order ceasing warrantless inspections in Zion, Ill. as legal challenge proceeds

    CHICAGO—This morning, after a hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the city of Zion, Ill. agreed to cease all inspections, fines and notices against landlord Josefina Lozano or any of her tenants. Facing ruinous fines for refusing warrantless inspections, Josefina and three of her tenants—Della Sims, Dorice Pierce and Robert Pierce—teamed up with the…

  • September 27, 2019    |   Private Property

    Landlord and Tenants Sue Illinois City Challenging Unconstitutional Home Inspections

    Zion, Ill. threatens ruinous fines unless landlord forces warrantless searches on unwilling tenants

    Zion, Ill.—Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, there is only one option for the government when it wants to search a home without the occupant’s consent: get a warrant. In Zion, Illinois, however, the government operates by a different set of rules. Zion’s rental inspection ordinance gives it license to fine landlords up…

  • September 24, 2019

    Six South Side Entrepreneurs Move on to Finals in Pitch Showcase

    Sixth annual South Side Pitch competition will demonstrate business savvy of South Siders

    CHICAGO— The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship (IJ Clinic) is proud to announce the finalists who will pitch their innovative businesses to a crowd of 250 at South Side Pitch 2019 on Thursday, October 10. The IJ Clinic started hosting South Side Pitch in 2014 to shine a light on the entrepreneurial energy of Chicago’s South Side. This year, the competition received more than 100 applications. The six finalists below will compete for a shot at $11,000 in cash prizes and a year of membership to the Polsky Exchange in Hyde Park.

  • September 12, 2019    |   Private Property

    Judge Declares Lancaster District Attorney Forfeiture Records Subject to Right to Know Law Request

    Reporter Carter Walker and LNP will file new request for information on Lancaster district attorney’s spending

    Lancaster, Pa.—In a newly released decision, Lancaster County Judge Leonard Brown determined that forfeiture records being sought by reporter Carter Walker and the media group LNP are subject to a Pennsylvania Right to Know Law request. However, the judge also ruled that the newspaper’s current request was not detailed enough to order the Lancaster District…

  • September 11, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Arlington, Va.—The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, announced that it will hear arguments in a challenge to Baltimore’s restrictive and confusing food truck rules. In 2016, food truck owners Joey Vanoni and Nikki McGowan teamed up with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to strike down the city’s ban on mobile vendors operating…

  • September 9, 2019

    A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could have wide-ranging ramifications for the millions of Americans whose drivers’ licenses have been suspended because of unpaid fines or fees. That is the warning a group of five national organizations gave to the Supreme Court in a brief urging it to prohibit police officers from stopping…

  • September 6, 2019    |   First Amendment

    Under New Proposed Regulation, “Veggie” Burgers Will Be Legal in Mississippi

    Federal lawsuit prompted regulatory changes that would allow vegetarian and vegan food producers to continue using clear labels

    Jackson, Miss.—Under a new regulation proposed late yesterday by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture in response to a First Amendment lawsuit, vegan and vegetarian food companies would be allowed to continue using meat and meat product terms on their food labels. The new proposed regulation reverses course from the law banning plant-based foods from using…

  • August 30, 2019    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Hinga Mbogo’s long road to justice came to an abrupt and frustrating end today when the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear his challenge against Dallas’ efforts to force out his beloved auto mechanic shop so that the city can make way for the city’s preferred businesses, such as chain restaurants or coffee shops. “Although…

  • August 22, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Emails Reveal Coordination Between Downtown Restaurant Owner and Council Member to Cripple Food Trucks

    Public records request shines a light on the anti-competitive motivations behind vending ordinance being considered by Metro Council this evening

    Louisville, Ky.—Emails brought to light by a public records request from the Institute for Justice (IJ) reveal how Louisville Metro Council member Barbara Sexton-Smith leaned on Metro officials on behalf of a restaurant owner to cripple food trucks. IJ submitted its request back in November 2018, but only received these emails after suing Sexton-Smith and…

  • August 15, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Familias de Nevada Piden a la Corte que Restaure los Créditos Fiscales para las Becas

    La Legislatura aprobó el proyecto de ley sin la supermayoría requerida para los proyectos de ley de recaudación de ingresos.

    Las Vegas, Nev.- Mientras los estudiantes de Nevada regresan a clases esta semana, algunos no irán a las escuelas que sus familias deseaban para ellos. A principios de este año, la Legislatura de Nevada eliminó el aumento anual automático en la cantidad de créditos fiscales disponibles para los donantes de la Beca de la Oportunidad…

  • August 15, 2019    |   Educational Choice

    Nevada Families Ask Court to Restore Tax Credits for Scholarships

    Legislature passed bill without supermajority required for revenue-raising bills

    Las Vegas, Nev.—As Nevada students return to classrooms this week, some will not be attending the schools their families wanted for them. Earlier this year, the Nevada Legislature eliminated the automatic annual increase in the amount of tax credits available for donors to the Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program. However, this revenue-raising measure was not…

  • August 13, 2019    |   Economic Liberty

    Every day, lawyers at the Institute for Justice advocate for the end of the protectionism inherent in occupational licensing laws.  They don’t overlook their own profession. Continuing education requirements impose an expensive and often useless cost on licensed practitioners.  That’s true for lawyers, real estate brokers, doctors and other licensed workers.  IJ and attorneys from…

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