USA Today : New Orleans social worker asks Supreme Court to protect freedom to work

September 20, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Pacific Legal Foundation recently petitioned the Supreme Court the case of New Orleans social worker Ursula Newell-Davis, who argues that Louisiana’s certificate-of-need laws violate the right to earn a living. Writing for USA Today, former Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Anastasia Boden, who is still working with PLF on this case, explain ...


Victory for Ohio family! Sixth Circuit rolls back certificate-of-need laws

September 07, 2023 | By JOSHUA POLK

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals just delivered a blow to economic protectionism in a case Pacific Legal Foundation has been litigating for four years.  Phillip Truesdell and his children run Legacy Medical Transport, a small, non-emergency ambulance service in Aberdeen, Ohio, a stone’s throw from the Kentucky border. The company is fully ...


The Orange County Register : How California turns doctors into outlaws

September 06, 2023 | By DONNA MATIAS

In California, dentists do it, and so do veterinarians. Psychologists, chiropractors, pharmacists, and physical therapists do it. Heck, even Dr. Phil, Dr. Laura, and Dr. Jill Biden do it. Despite their vastly different professions, all these people use the title “Dr.” in their fields. So why then are Doctors of Nursing Practice prohibit ...


How California’s trucking regulations are impacting a Pennsylvania small business owner

July 25, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Brian Wanner never dreamed of owning a business as a child. He wanted to be a farmer, like his father. He has a deep connection to the land and still maintains his passion for farming to this day. But after the Pennsylvania farm his family rented was sold when he was 18, Brian found another … ...


South Carolina ends certificate of need laws in healthcare industry

July 11, 2023 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Certificate of Need (CON) laws have long been a ball-and-chain around the ankle of South Carolina’s healthcare industry. But thanks to the passing of new legislation, these regulatory shackles have been removed and competition will soon return to the healthcare market across the state. CON laws are essentially permission slips that prevent ne ...


The Star-Ledger : Here’s why we sued New Jersey’s power-drunk booze regulators

June 20, 2023 | By CALEB TROTTER

Apparently, it wasn’t enough for the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to implement new rules in 2022 designed to cripple the fledgling craft brewery industry. After being sued by Clarksboro-based Death of the Fox Brewing Company, ABC now claims that its rules are unenforceable “guidance.” But ABC’s cla ...


Reason : Companies Shouldn’t Have the Right To Veto Their Competition

June 16, 2023 | By JACK BROWN

Katie Chubb had an idea for a business. She noticed that hospitals in Augusta, Georgia, weren’t meeting the demand for birthing services. So she founded Augusta Birthing Center, a nonprofit, freestanding birth center that could offer a better experience at a lower price. But when she applied for a license to operate, the existing hospitals & ...


The right to earn a living is a fundamental right

February 22, 2023 | By JACK BROWN

When Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and got his first job as a free man in New Bedford, Massachusetts, he wrote about what the job meant to him: I was now my own master — a tremendous fact — and the rapturous excitement with which I seized the job, may not easily be understood, except by … ...


High school harpists are not criminals

January 19, 2023 | By CALEB TROTTER

Colorado high school sophomore Taryn Petruncola has played the harp since she was six years old. Aside from the joy that playing the harp brings Taryn, she also enjoys helping others. Through the years, she’s played for nursing homes and even during a family member’s funeral. As part of a business class that Taryn recently … ...