Courts shouldn't throw out our claims before we have the chance to prove them

August 01, 2016 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Over half of states have laws that require entrepreneurs to get permission from existing businesses to open up shop.  We call these laws “Competitor’s Veto” laws, and we’ve challenged them successfully in Oregon, Missouri, Kentucky, and Montana.  Now we’re challenging them in West Virginia on behalf of Arty Vogt.  ...


Montana's roadblocks to new taxi services

February 13, 2015 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

The Missoulian today carries my article about our economic liberty lawsuit on behalf of Montana businesswoman Tracie Pabst: Pabst owns Big Sky Shuttle, a transportation company that operates in Texas and New Mexico – but not Montana. She would like to offer taxi service in her hometown of Big Sky, and with nearly a decade of … ...


Milwaukee opens the road (slightly) for free enterprise

February 07, 2014 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Good news from the Dairy State: the City of Milwaukee has decided to drop its appeal of a lower court decision holding the city’s regulation of taxicab permits unconstitutional. You’ll recall that we filed a friend of the court brief in that lawsuit, which was brought by our allies at the Institute for Justice, arguing … ...


PLF winning for the "little guy"

February 03, 2014 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

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 ...


Give entrepreneurs their day in court

December 09, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

PLF’s Economic Liberty Project is in the business of defending the constitutional right to earn a living at the trade of their choice. Sadly, not only is that right often disregarded by courts today, but it’s frequently difficult for business owners even to get the opportunity to make their legal arguments. The latest such example R ...


Stossel features PLF client Raleigh Bruner

December 06, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

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. … ...


Court throws out Maurice Underwood’s case—PLF will fight on for the right to earn a living

June 27, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

I’m saddened to report that a federal judge in Reno yesterday dismissed Maurice Underwood’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Nevada’s licensing law for moving companies. That law—the most anti-competitive licensing law in the country—requires any person who wants to run a moving company to first prove that he or sh ...


Moving-firm law hurts competition

June 26, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

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 ...


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

June 13, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

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 constitutional. That decision came after PLF lawyers filed an emergency motion to block the state from prosecuting our clie ...