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Freelance journalists sue over California’s new contracting law

American Society of Journalists and Authors v. Becerra

In an effort to regulate the employment status of independent contractors, California passed a law forcing companies in the state to reclassify most freelancers as employees. Under AB 5, freelance journalists and photographers must cap their submissions at 35 per year, per publisher. Anything greater, and they become employees, losing their profess ...

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March 30, 2020

EPA withdraws compliance order against Sacketts

Washington, D.C.; March 30, 2020: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally withdrawn an administrative compliance order it issued in 2007 against Michael and Chantell Sackett, removing the threat of crushing fines that the couple has lived under for more than a decade. The EPA accused the couple of illegally filling a wetland under the ...

March 18, 2020

Victory for ranchers in jaguar critical habitat case

Denver; March 18, 2020: The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's designation of thousands of acres of land in New Mexico as critical habitat for jaguars is illegal. The court ruled that the agency failed to follow its own rules, thus the designation was arbitrary and capricious.  The illeg ...

March 10, 2020

New lawsuit challenges California’s egregious censorship of license plates like “OG” and “QUEER”

San Francisco; March 10, 2020: A lawsuit filed today challenges the California Department of Motor Vehicles' arbitrary censorship of speech on personalized license plates.    After Chris Ogilvie was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army following four tours overseas, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, he bought a new car and applied for a ...

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April 07, 2020

The Hill: COVID-19 testing missteps illustrate failures of the regulatory state

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, slowing the dangerous virus's spread in the United States requires a two-pronged approach: altering behaviors through practices such as social distancing and sheltering in place, and widespread testing. Unfortunately, the second prong has been lacking, largely because of bureaucratic red tape and the failures ...

April 06, 2020

Fox Business: Coronavirus puts absurdity of inflexible government regulations in sharp relief

Phillip Truesdell is ready, willing, and able to help with the current pandemic. Together with his family, Phillip operates an ambulance company in Aberdeen, Ohio. With seven trucks, he's well-positioned to take people to the hospital or medical appointments not only in his home state but also a mile away in Kentucky. But the Truesdells ...

March 30, 2020

The Hill: California’s Newsom is wrong: Martial law is always a last resort

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the continued spread of COVID-19 in California could necessitate the imposition of martial law. "We have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity," Newsom stated at a news conference on March 17. But Newsom is mistaken. While the current pandemic presents a public health crisis ...

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