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October 21, 2017

Weekly litigation report — October 21, 2017

Squash the wrong bug, go to jail The price of selling your home in Santa Barbara? An illegal warrantless search. Free speech wins one in California legislature! Brief filed in Oklahoma First Amendment right to say who you are case Oral argument in Florida takings case Allies file amicus briefs in support of our bird ...

October 18, 2017

Georgia Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Competitive Law

On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court issued its opinion in Women's Surgical Center v. Berry, a case that challenged Georgia's anti-competitive Certificate of Need ("CON") laws. Certificate of Need laws, which PLF has successfully challenged in six other states, force entrepreneurs to prove that there is a "need" for additional services in a market ...

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 ...

June 16, 2014

Taxi drivers protest Uber, progress

In the last month, taxi drivers around the world have shut down city streets to protest against competition from Uber.* Traffic in major European cities ground to a halt last week. This followed in the wake of a similar demonstration in Boston last month. The taxi drivers’ objections are as predictable as they are unfounded: ...

April 28, 2014

Do constitutional protections end where “professional concerns” begin?

The Constitution forbids states from interfering with certain individual rights. For instance, states aren't allowed to censor speech or deprive people of the right to travel from one state to another. But does that protection end as soon as a person exercises a right for commercial or professional reasons? That's the question at issue in ...

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 09, 2013

Give entrepreneurs their day in court

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 ...

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 ...

October 02, 2013

PLF urges Ninth Circuit: Let entrepreneurs have their day in court

This afternoon, we filed this brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of entrepreneur Maurice Underwood. He's the Reno businessman who wants to run a moving company, but isn't allowed to because that state forbids new businesses from opening if they would compete economically against existing moving companies. We sued the state ...