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Explore the Competitor’s Veto

May 22, 2015 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

We’ve released a bunch of fun materials to familiarize people with those unfair and unconstitutional statutes—and to show exactly what PLF is doing to fight them. This video explains where the Competitor’s Veto came from in just 60 seconds. We released this infographic, which explain our new lawsuit in the birthplace of the Consti ...

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Time for North Dakota’s music therapy license to go

January 01, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

Nearly 27 percent of North Dakotans can’t work unless they have a license from the government. But many of these government permission slips are needless: they create red tape that serves to protect industry insiders from competition, not the health or safety of the public. Take North Dakota’s requirement that music therapists be licens ...

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Oklahoma officials agree to stay enforcement of unconstitutional American Indian art law

January 05, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

There’s some great news out of Oklahoma to announce. Oklahoma officials have agreed to (and the Court has signed off on) a stipulation to stay enforcement of Oklahoma’s American Indian Arts and Crafts Sales Act while PLF’s challenge to the law is pending. If you’ll recall, in November PLF challenged that law on behalf of a ...

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Why won’t Oklahoma let American Indian artists say they’re American Indian artists?

January 08, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

For over 30 years, Peggy Fontenot has sold her beadwork and photographs at American Indian art shows across the country. But this year, at the behest of politically connected tribes, Oklahoma passed a law that prohibits anyone who is not a member of a federally recognized tribe from marketing their art as “American Indian-made.” This & ...

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PLF argues at Oregon Supreme Court : people have a right to compete

January 10, 2017 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Today I’ll argue this economic liberty case on behalf of David Hansen at the Oregon Supreme Court. David studied architecture at the University of Idaho.  After college, he worked at various architectural firms doing design work.  Later, David and a partner started their own firm—Twist Architecture—to use their skills while pursuing lic ...

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Missouri court was wrong to allow state to license hair braiders as cosmetologists

January 10, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

Ndioba Niang and Tameka Stigers are professional African-style hair braiders in Missouri. When the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners told them that they had to stop practicing their trade unless they underwent hundreds of hours of irrelevant training (and paid thousands of dollars for the trouble) to be licensed as cosmetologists ...

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NY Courts are not the proper venue for political arguments

January 27, 2017 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Today, PLF filed an amicus brief in New York supporting the New York Farm Bureau’s defense against a transparently political lawsuit. In the case, several union groups are asking the court to declare the limitations of the New York State Labor Relations Act unconstitutional. … ...

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Occupational licensing reform percolating in Florida

February 02, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

Opponents of burdensome occupational licensing laws in Florida may soon have reason to celebrate. Two bills were recently filed in the Florida legislature that would bring some mild, but welcome relief to Floridians seeking to earn a living. In recent years, the difficulties faced by military spouses to receive license reciprocity when they move to ...

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Trotter, Boden : Supremacy Clause bars Oklahoma law

February 14, 2017 | By CALEB TROTTER

In an editorial on Jan. 30, The Journal Record claimed that Pacific Legal Foundation’s constitutional lawsuit on behalf of American Indian artist Peggy Fontenot “ignored” principles of federalism. On the contrary, PLF’s lawsuit seeks to vindicate federalism. The lawsuit challenges an Oklahoma law that prohibits Fontenot an ...