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California’s new law silences doctors and gives government a monopoly on scientific truth

November 21, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

With the stroke of a pen, Governor Gavin Newsom has all but destroyed the First Amendment rights of healthcare professionals across California. The newly adopted Assembly Bill 2098 takes California’s routine disregard for the Constitution to new heights, penalizing any medical professional who disseminates “misinformation or disinformat ...

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New report highlights the corrupt practice of electing license board members

November 15, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

In the United States, one in every four workers is required to obtain a permission slip from the government before they are allowed to work. Anyone who has applied for an occupational license can tell you how frustrating it is: You’re forced to jump through hoops for a piece of government-issued paper that determines your … ...

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Private property owners play a big role in environmental conservation

November 10, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Private entities pose a constant threat to the conservation of the environment…or so some might have you believe. This myth has become so powerful that stories of private property owners contributing to conservation—absent the force of government—are often dismissed as propaganda pushed by big corporations and evil capitalists. But anyone who ...

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Arizona mom listed on state registry for letting son play at park

November 02, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Sarra L.* was in shock when she received a call from a friend one November afternoon, informing her that her 7-year-old son and a friend were being detained by the police at their neighborhood park. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and Sarra had let the kids play at the park while she ran to … ...

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The EPA and Ghostbusters—a story of overregulation

October 27, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Anyone who follows the Supreme Court’s environmental cases (or any follower of PLF’s casework) can tell you that there are few (if any) limits to what the Environmental Protection Agency thinks it has jurisdiction over. Even if that jurisdiction is the Ghostbusters headquarters. Ghostbusters, the 1984 comedy classic starring Bill Murray ...

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This Montana city treats massage therapists like sex workers

October 25, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Lust: an unrestrained craving Occasionally, Theresa Vondra gets a client who has the wrong idea about her massage business. “We have had a couple instances where there’s been a gentleman who’s come in… and apparently, he was thinking he was going to be getting something else,” Theresa, a Montana masseuse and small busine ...

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Victory! Sixth Circuit Saves Widow’s $277,000 from Michigan’s Home Equity Theft

October 18, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Michigan nursing assistant Tawanda Hall has cause to celebrate after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled last week that Michigan violated the Constitution when it took her home to satisfy an unpaid property tax debt.  After experiencing financial hardships, Tawanda fell behind on her property taxes. When she went to set … ...

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What you should know before Sackett v. EPA heads to SCOTUS on Monday

September 30, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

On Monday morning, Pacific Legal Foundation heads back to the Supreme Court to fight for Chantell and Mike Sackett’s right to build a home on their own land. You’ll be able to listen to Sackett v. EPA oral arguments live on Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. When the couple bought property near Priest Lake, … ...

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Free speech and the “other” qualified immunity

September 21, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Over the past few years, qualified immunity has been the legal issue at the forefront of police reform. While major events like the 2020 death of George Floyd have inextricably linked qualified immunity to over-policing, it’s important to note that it is not limited to criminal justice reform alone. As our colleague David Deerson noted ̷ ...