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February 29, 2016

Supreme Court declines to answer important economic liberty question

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied review in Sensational Smiles, LLC. v. Mullen. PLF, with the Cato Institute, filed a brief asking the Court to take up the case. As a result, the question remains open as to whether protecting favored groups from economic competition is a legitimate government interest, and constitutional. The case inv ...

February 19, 2015

You shouldn't have to ask your competitors for permission to start a business

Should existing businesses have the power to veto new enterprises?  Nevada thinks so.  We don’t. Ron and Danell Perlman are the owner-operators of Reno Tahoe Limousine, based in Reno, Nevada.  They own seven limousines that they use for trips within the state, and an additional eight limousines that that they use for trips between Californ ...

October 17, 2012

Georgia Supreme Court goes out of its way to find that cronyism is specifically enshrined in the Georgia Constitution

Courts typically avoid ruling on constitutional issues unless it is necessary to decide a case. There are several reasons for this practice, not the least of which is that ruling on controversial constitutional matters when the case can be resolved on less controversial statutory grounds can make the court look political, or lend credence to ...

June 08, 2012

Could you prove that America needs the "cheesehead"?

Most Americans are familiar with the "cheesehead"-the garish yellow/orange wedge-shaped foam hat that Packers fans don every football season.  Not only is it a sports icon, but it's also an emblem of state pride.  The term "cheesehead," originally used derisively by rival Illinois fans, has been embraced by Wisconsinites who are proud of their st ...