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She owed a little, so they took everything – how one New Jersey woman is fighting back against unfair tax foreclosure practices

December 02, 2021 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Within seconds of meeting Lynette Johnson, you know you are in the presence of a strong woman. She’s the kind of tough a person must be to immigrate to a new country, raise eight children, lay a husband to rest, and take on the government when justice stands in jeopardy. In 2018, Lynette found herself … ...

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Daily Journal : Property rights, the First Amendment and Malibu

December 01, 2021 | By JAMES BURLING

Last June, in Cedar Point v. Hassid, 2021 DJDAR 6262, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a California law that forced farmers to suffer uninvited union organizers onto their properties violated the Constitution’s takings clause. In holding for the farmers, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that, “The Founders recognized ...

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Carolina Journal : Emergency powers reforms are a big win for North Carolinians

November 26, 2021 | By JESSICA THOMPSON

Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and Gov. Roy Cooper signed, a budget bill that was striking for several reasons, including amendments to the Emergency Management Act (EMA) that will boost protections for North Carolinians’ constitutional rights. The new reforms put an automatic end date onto any declaration of emergency ...

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The Washington Examiner : Agricultural programs should focus on opportunity, not equity

November 22, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

Earlier this year, Congress enacted the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March. Proponents lauded the act as a way to promote opportunity for “working people” and to give them a “fighting chance” after the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet one provision, whi ...

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State regulators are preventing a New Orleans social worker from helping families with special needs children

November 18, 2021 | By NATHANIEL HAMILTON

When Ursula Newell-Davis of New Orleans sees someone with a problem, she looks for a way to help—it’s in her nature. That’s what led her to her calling as a social worker, where Ursula has worked the past two decades with special needs children and their families. But Ursula has her own problem: the Louisiana … ...

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The size and scope of home equity theft : Shining a spotlight on New Jersey

November 15, 2021 | By ANGELA C. ERICKSON

Home equity theft has cost hundreds of New Jersey families their homes and all the savings built into them.1 Across the nation, property tax collectors can seize and sell homes to collect unpaid taxes if an owner misses a payment or miscalculates what they owe. In many states, property tax collectors also work with private … ...

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The Hill : Does the FTC think no one notices its attempt to skirt a Supreme Court ruling?

November 15, 2021 | By CALEB KRUCKENBERG

In April, the Supreme Court unanimously rebuked the Federal Trade Commission’s decades-long abuse of its “disgorgement” authority to extract massive fines from companies accused of unfair trade practices because the agency never had that power in the first place. Now the FTC seems desperate to replace its unlawful disgorgement pra ...

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College gymnast’s hopes survive lockdowns and injury only to see his university ban his sport—on the basis of sex

November 11, 2021 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Like all incoming college freshmen, Evan Ng was excited to begin the next chapter of his life. Thanks to COVID-19, it wouldn’t be the experience he had been envisioning. But whether his academic classes would be in person or not, the University of Minnesota was giving him the opportunity to do what he loved: gymnastics. … ...

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First step to building housing : restore the right to build

November 09, 2021 | By DAVID DEERSON

For half a century, the Andrews family has owned a little over 16 acres of land in Mentor, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. Recent developments have transformed the neighborhood from a rural residential area into a lively mixed-use community with residential, office, commercial, industrial, medical, and other uses. An old, dilapidated family home u ...