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Author: Caleb Trotter

March 29, 2019

Victory in Oklahoma

Nearly three years ago, Peggy Fontenot learned that the Oklahoma legislature was considering a bill that would redefine who an American Indian artist is. If the bill were to pass, only those who are members of federally recognized tribes would be able to market their art in Oklahoma as American Indian-made. This was a big ...

March 22, 2019

Can the government decline to register “scandalous” trademarks?

Erik Brunetti is a designer and artist, and since 1990 has owned a clothing brand called "fuct." Mr. Brunetti's brand was founded as, and remains, a provocative streetwear brand known for its anti-establishment celebration of freedom of expression. While it is a homonym for a common curse word," "fuct" has also come to be an ...

March 06, 2019

Victory goes to the dancers

Earlier today, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of PLF clients Dmitri Moua and Zachary Greenwald, reversing the district court's denial of their motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the Minnesota State High School League from banning boys from participating in competitive dance. Agreeing with PLF, the 8th Circuit held that ...

March 01, 2019

Scottsdale Republic: ‘Let them work’: Arizona bill to recognize out-of-state work licenses is welcome reform

This originally appeared in the Scottsdale Republic March 1, 2019. A growing chorus of policymakers, scholars, and commentators has raised concerns about the increasing number of burdensome occupational licensing laws in the United States. Indeed, nearly a third of Americans must now get the government's permission before working in their chosen pr ...

January 10, 2019

Home-sharing is an economic boon. So why are cities trying to stamp it out?

Last year, Iowa property owners earned a cool $9.3 million renting out their properties through the popular home-sharing service Airbnb. That's $9.3 million that helps the owners to pay mortgages on those properties, as well as other expenses like school tuition, groceries, and emergency savings. In addition, the 100,000 or so bookings raised about ...

October 24, 2018

PLF asks 8th Circuit to stop Minnesota from discriminating against boy dancers

Last month, we asked a federal judge in Minnesota to preliminarily enjoin the Minnesota State High School League from prohibiting two high school boys from trying out for their high school dance teams because they are boys. Unfortunately, the judge rejected our request. As a result, we immediately appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit ...

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