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Free Speech and Association

May 05, 2015

PLF victory in free speech lawsuit

Last month, we celebrated when the City of Alexandria repealed its unconstitutional ban on "For Sale" signs, which we were challenging in our lawsuit, McLean v. City of Alexandria. Today, we won the legal battle. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in our favor, declaring that the City violated Scott McLean's First ...

November 27, 2016

A quick win for free enterprise and free speech

In September, PLF took on the City of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., by filing a federal free speech lawsuit challenging the city’s ban on displaying for-sale signs in cars. Our client, Michael Cefali, was fined fined for parking his car in front of his home with a for-sale sign–and, after some research, determined that hundreds ...

January 04, 2017

High Court Should Hear First Amendment Case Against Bullying Bureaucrats

For most of his career, Nebraska resident Bob Bennie happily conducted his business as a successful financial advisor without government harassment. But that changed after he was quoted in a newspaper making controversial remarks about President Obama. Suddenly, Bennie had a bullseye painted on his back by regulators who oversee his industry. The r ...

January 05, 2017

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

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 ...

January 06, 2017

Exclusive representation violates the First Amendment

New York laws and regulations deem family daycare providers (individuals who operate daycare businesses in their homes) to be "public employees" and requires a union to be the daycare providers' exclusive representative for bargaining with (e.g., lobbying) the state over daycare regulations and policies. The workers who are "deemed" public employee ...

January 08, 2017

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

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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