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Author: Anastasia Boden

October 04, 2019

The Wall Street Journal: Kentucky’s Ambulance Cartel Is Afraid of Phillip Truesdell

Legacy Medical Transport's owner goes to court against a law protecting incumbent firms from competition. Phillip Truesdell is in the nonemergency ambulance business. When people are confined to a stretcher, need an intravenous bag, or are undergoing dialysis, they can't simply hop into an Uber. They need an ambulance to get around. It's an essenti ...

September 23, 2019

The American Dream shouldn’t require a certificate of need

The American Dream, at its core, is about the freedom to compete. That competition allows entrepreneurs to pursue creative ends, and consumers to choose for themselves which products and services meet their needs. Our newest client, Phillip Truesdell, understands well the transformative power of this entrepreneurial freedom, and the pain of its abs ...

September 04, 2019

Los Angeles Times: Setting quotas on women in the boardroom is probably unconstitutional. It also doesn’t work

On September 2, PLF Senior Attorney Anastasia Boden joined the She Thinks podcast to discuss why state-mandated gender quotas for corporate boards are a poor solution for a waning problem. ~~~ California recently became the first state in the nation to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors. Now Illinois, ...

August 21, 2019

The Orange County Register: California’s concerns about unlicensed blow-drying are overblown

As a teenager, Tanique Bell dreamt of becoming a successful freelance hairstylist. She didn't want to dye hair, or even to cut it. She simply wanted to style it, performing blow-dries and up-dos — hopefully for celebrities. But California's regulatory regime nearly crushed those dreams. Tanique quickly learned that to style hair for a living, ...

July 25, 2019

Five days, four panels about law, liberty, and the Constitution

Last week, on behalf of PLF, I spoke on three panels at FreedomFest, a gathering of the pre-eminent leaders in the liberty movement. We're privileged to work with many of these folks throughout the year, but it's a true honor to share the stage and lead discussions about our successes in empowering everyday Americans' rights. ...

June 24, 2019

Richmond Times-Dispatch: After an intense legal battle, Virginia restaurants are free to advertise happy hour prices and puns

Virginia restaurants are finally free to unleash their creativity when crafting happy hour advertisements, thanks to recent legislation and a lawsuit brought by restaurateur and chef Geoff Tracy. Believe it or not, Virginia specifically prohibited businesses from advertising happy hour prices and from using puns or creative terms to describe their ...

June 24, 2019

Government regulations shouldn’t be killing entrepreneurship

American ingenuity truly shines in the summer. As we turn down our smart thermostats, sip on our craft beers, eat new varieties of fruits and vegetables, and slather our corn on the cob with artisanal butter, we can appreciate how hard work and imagination have combined to create a pretty fantastic standard of living. Heck, ...

April 08, 2019

The Hill: The ‘competitor’s veto’ is killing entrepreneurship — but that may end this year

This article was originally published by The Hill on April 8, 2019.  It's true that businesses never welcome competition, but imagine if they had the statutory authority to shut out new enterprises. That twisted scenario is reality in over half of states, where entrepreneurs in the medical and transportation industries essentially must ask their c ...

February 20, 2019

Courts can’t look the other way when the government censors speech

When government officials seek to stifle a viewpoint they don't like, they probably won't be forthcoming about it. Instead, they'll concoct a pretextual reason for their censorship or use a "neutral" proxy that, in practice, discriminates against their non-preferred viewpoints. For the First Amendment to have teeth then, courts must be empowered t ...

January 28, 2019

To address government dysfunction, Congress must reclaim its oversight responsibilities

Originally published by The Hill, January 28, 2019. On Friday afternoon, President Trump and Congress moved to reopen the government for three weeks following a shutdown of historic length. The president encouraged a committee of senators and House representatives to negotiate his request for $5.7 billion in border wall funding in the Homeland Secu ...