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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 ...

April 01, 2019

Fox News: Beware the false promise of rent control

This article was originally published by Fox News on March 30, 2019.  Rent control does not work. That's one of the most settled issues in economics, one widely accepted across the ideological spectrum. Yet politicians continue to peddle rent control with a seemingly willful ignorance. Oregon is the most recent state to embrace the rent control ...

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

The Hill: Environmental regulations have become impossible to follow

This article was originally published in The Hill on March 18, 2019. Although major federal environmental statutes haven't changed substantially in decades, their implementation by the administrative agencies that enforce them has become almost whimsical. There is little consistency and predictability in the today's environmental regulation because ...

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 19, 2019

Rent-bidding websites still banned in Seattle

Seattle loves to sell itself as a tech mecca, until innovation clashes with progressive stereotypes. Then Seattle's arms are not so open, as San Fran tech startup and PLF client Rentberry found out. Rentberry is one of several innovative websites that are trying to revolutionize and simplify the home rental process. Rentberry simplifies and automat ...