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Caleb R. Trotter


Caleb Trotter joined Pacific Legal Foundation in September 2015. He primarily litigates cases involving economic liberty, the First Amendment, school choice, and the administrative state. After growing up in Oklahoma, … ›

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Nashville Airbnb case continues

Courtesy, Beacon Center

Back in October we reported that Nashville homeowners Rachel and PJ Anderson had prevailed in their challenge to Nashville’s restrictive and unconstitutional limitation on short-term rentals Unfortunately, instead of doing the right thing and amending its law to respect the rights of all Nashville property owners, the city appealed that loss Today, PLF filed yet another amicus brief supporting the rights of Nashvillians to use their property to support their family

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation update — October 29, 2016

Bills of Attainder and the” Cromwell effect”

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Bill of Attainder for a very dead Oliver Cromwell

We filed our amicus brief in Fowler v Lanier in the Ninth Circuit emphasizing to the court the importance of the Constitution’s prohibition on “bills of attainder” While this is a fairly obscure constitutional provision, it is an important protector of our liberty Indeed, the framers of the Constitution included it because they were well aware of instances in English history where the crown exercised tyrannical authority by targeting individuals for “special” treatment, said treatment often involving the

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By Caleb R. Trotter

Victory for Nashville property owners and guests

In an important victory for economic liberty and champagneproperty rights, today, a judge in Nashville, Tennessee agreed that the Nashville Metro Council’s regulations of short-term rentals are unconstitutional

Among other things, the ordinance banned any form of advertising short-term rentals with signage on the property, and capped the number of non-owner-occupied short-term rentals to three percent of the properties in each census tract Last year, our friends at the Beacon Center sued Nashville on behalf of the Andersons—a family that periodically rents out their home via Airbnb—claiming the regulations violated the Anderson’s constitutional rights In July of this

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