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March 24, 2015

State "Competitor's Veto" laws and the right to earn a living

The Mercatus Center has published my paper on Competitor's Veto laws—laws that force you to get permission from your own competition before you're allowed to start a business—and how the federal government could protect people from such violations of their constitutional right to earn a living. My paper describes in detail the evidence unearthe ...

January 01, 2015

George Will proclaims PLF victory “this year’s most encouraging development in governance”

 Julie Bruner, daughter of PLF client Raleigh Bruner, holds the injunction that allowed her father’s business to stay open George Will's New Year's Day column focuses on PLF's victory on behalf of Kentucky entrepreneur Raleigh Bruner and his moving company, Wildcat Moving. As Liberty Blog readers will recall, Bruner's company was almost shut ...

March 21, 2014

Ending the “Competitor’s Veto” in Kentucky

Last month, we won a crucial victory for economic freedom when a federal court struck down Kentucky's licensing law for moving companies. That law said that if you wanted to run a moving business, you first had to get a license—but when you applied for a license, you had to first notify the state's existing ...

February 03, 2014

PLF winning for the "little guy"

Back in November, John Stossel did a special entitled “War on The Little Guy” that featured our client, Raleigh Bruner, and his challenge to Kentucky’s licensing law for moving companies–the case we won just today. You can learn more about Raleigh’s story in Stossel’s special, which is now available on YouTube. F ...

December 06, 2013

Stossel features PLF client Raleigh Bruner

If you missed John Stossel’s special “War on The Little Guy”–which features PLF’s lawsuit on behalf of Kentucky entrepreneur Raleigh Bruner–it’ll air again Sunday at 10pm and Monday at 1am on Fox News Channel. ...

November 14, 2013

John Stossel to feature PLF's economic liberty work this Saturday

Tune in to Fox News Channel Saturday at 9pm to see John Stossel’s special “War on The Little Guy,” which features PLF’s lawsuit on behalf of Kentucky entrepreneur Raleigh Bruner. He’s the guy who wants to run a moving company…only to discover that if you want to run a moving company in Kentucky, you first ...

August 15, 2013

PLF urges court to end Kentucky's unconstitutional mover cartel

Today, PLF attorneys filed a motion in Kentucky Federal District Court asking Judge Danny Reeves to strike down the Bluegrass States' anti-competition law for moving companies. Representing entrepreneur Raleigh Bruner and his company, Wildcat Moving, we've argued that the state's licensing law for movers violates the Fourteenth Amendment, which for ...

June 26, 2013

Moving-firm law hurts competition

The Lexington Herald-Leader had an editorial yesterday urging Kentucky lawmakers to repeal the state’s anti-competitive licensing law for moving companies, and focusing on our lawsuit on behalf of Raleigh Bruner. Excerpt: Under Kentucky law, anyone may challenge the application and force the newcomer to prove there’s a need for addition ...

June 13, 2013

Kentucky federal judge bars state from enforcing its anti-competition law

(PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur (L) and client Raleigh Bruner (R) outside the Federal Court building in Lexington, Ky. yesterday) This afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Danny Reeves issued an order blocking the state from enforcing its Competitor's Veto law for moving companies, at least until he has the opportunity to decide whether that law is ...

June 27, 2012

PLF files brief in Oregon Measure 37 case at the U.S. Supreme Court

A few days ago, we filed our amicus brief supporting the petition for certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court in Bruner v. Whitman.  The Bruner case asks whether the State of Oregon can unilaterally terminate legal agreements it entered into with property owners that allowed them to develop their land, which is encumbered by onerous ...