California argues it can silence speech so long as it's super secretive about it

When the government engages in shady, unconstitutional behavior, it’s usually not forthcoming about it.  As courts have observed, “the government rarely flatly admits,” for example, that “it is engaging in … ›

California Legislature to consider two bills that repeal the unconstitutional autograph law

Back in May, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of Book Passage and Bill Petrocelli. The lawsuit challenged a newly-enacted law that made the sale of autographed books … ›

Weekly litigation report — May 20, 2017

Amicus brief filed for contractor long frozen out of contracts Settlement reached in mobile home park case Cap and trade appealed Prairie dog ruling petition to the 10th Circuit Reply … ›

Why the separation of powers matters for racial equality

In high school, I spent hours hunkered at a library computer playing Sid Meier’s Civilization instead of working on the school newspaper. In the game, you could lead your own civilization from stone age to space … ›

California threatens to shut down small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli.

Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free expression.  In addition to selling books, it hosts over 700 author events a year—in which authors give talks, read passages, interact with readers, and sign books.  Bill keeps copies of signed books from these events to sell later at his stores—signed books are scattered all over the store.  Book Passage also procures a monthly book club, wherein readers are sent a first edition signed book by an up-and-coming author.

Book Passage doesn’t charge a premium for the signature; all of its books are sold for their cover price. But a newly enacted California law makes it extremely risky, if not impossible, for Book Passage to continue selling autographed books or hosting author events.

California threatens to shut down book signings and therefore small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli. Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free … ›

Minerva Dairy challenges Wisconsin's anti-competitive artisanal butter ban

This morning, Minerva Dairy and its President, Adam Mueller, challenged a Wisconsin law that bans butter from being sold within Wisconsin if it hasn’t first been “graded.” Wisconsin’s law prevents … ›

Weekly litigation report

Individual Rights – Equal Protection. In the long-running saga of Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense and Small Business, a small business is challenging the racial classifications in Section … ›

Victory for Nashville property owners and guests

In an important victory for economic liberty and property rights, today, a judge in Nashville, Tennessee agreed that the Nashville Metro Council’s regulations of short-term rentals are unconstitutional. Among other things, … ›

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California argues it can silence speech so long as it's super secretive about it

When the government engages in shady, unconstitutional behavior, it’s usually not forthcoming about it.  As courts have observed, “the government rarely flatly admits,” for example, that “it is engaging in … ›

California Legislature to consider two bills that repeal the unconstitutional autograph law

Back in May, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of Book Passage and Bill Petrocelli. The lawsuit challenged a newly-enacted law that made the sale of autographed books … ›

Weekly litigation report — May 20, 2017

Amicus brief filed for contractor long frozen out of contracts Settlement reached in mobile home park case Cap and trade appealed Prairie dog ruling petition to the 10th Circuit Reply … ›

Why the separation of powers matters for racial equality

In high school, I spent hours hunkered at a library computer playing Sid Meier’s Civilization instead of working on the school newspaper. In the game, you could lead your own civilization from stone age to space … ›

California threatens to shut down small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli.

Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free expression.  In addition to selling books, it hosts over 700 author events a year—in which authors give talks, read passages, interact with readers, and sign books.  Bill keeps copies of signed books from these events to sell later at his stores—signed books are scattered all over the store.  Book Passage also procures a monthly book club, wherein readers are sent a first edition signed book by an up-and-coming author.

Book Passage doesn’t charge a premium for the signature; all of its books are sold for their cover price. But a newly enacted California law makes it extremely risky, if not impossible, for Book Passage to continue selling autographed books or hosting author events.

California threatens to shut down book signings and therefore small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli. Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free … ›

Minerva Dairy challenges Wisconsin's anti-competitive artisanal butter ban

This morning, Minerva Dairy and its President, Adam Mueller, challenged a Wisconsin law that bans butter from being sold within Wisconsin if it hasn’t first been “graded.” Wisconsin’s law prevents … ›

Weekly litigation report

Individual Rights – Equal Protection. In the long-running saga of Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense and Small Business, a small business is challenging the racial classifications in Section … ›

Victory for Nashville property owners and guests

In an important victory for economic liberty and property rights, today, a judge in Nashville, Tennessee agreed that the Nashville Metro Council’s regulations of short-term rentals are unconstitutional. Among other things, … ›

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California argues it can silence speech so long as it's super secretive about it

When the government engages in shady, unconstitutional behavior, it’s usually not forthcoming about it.  As courts have observed, “the government rarely flatly admits,” for example, that “it is engaging in … ›

California Legislature to consider two bills that repeal the unconstitutional autograph law

Back in May, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of Book Passage and Bill Petrocelli. The lawsuit challenged a newly-enacted law that made the sale of autographed books … ›

Weekly litigation report — May 20, 2017

Amicus brief filed for contractor long frozen out of contracts Settlement reached in mobile home park case Cap and trade appealed Prairie dog ruling petition to the 10th Circuit Reply … ›

Why the separation of powers matters for racial equality

In high school, I spent hours hunkered at a library computer playing Sid Meier’s Civilization instead of working on the school newspaper. In the game, you could lead your own civilization from stone age to space … ›

California threatens to shut down small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli.

Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free expression.  In addition to selling books, it hosts over 700 author events a year—in which authors give talks, read passages, interact with readers, and sign books.  Bill keeps copies of signed books from these events to sell later at his stores—signed books are scattered all over the store.  Book Passage also procures a monthly book club, wherein readers are sent a first edition signed book by an up-and-coming author.

Book Passage doesn’t charge a premium for the signature; all of its books are sold for their cover price. But a newly enacted California law makes it extremely risky, if not impossible, for Book Passage to continue selling autographed books or hosting author events.

California threatens to shut down book signings and therefore small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli. Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free … ›

Minerva Dairy challenges Wisconsin's anti-competitive artisanal butter ban

This morning, Minerva Dairy and its President, Adam Mueller, challenged a Wisconsin law that bans butter from being sold within Wisconsin if it hasn’t first been “graded.” Wisconsin’s law prevents … ›

Weekly litigation report

Individual Rights – Equal Protection. In the long-running saga of Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense and Small Business, a small business is challenging the racial classifications in Section … ›

Victory for Nashville property owners and guests

In an important victory for economic liberty and property rights, today, a judge in Nashville, Tennessee agreed that the Nashville Metro Council’s regulations of short-term rentals are unconstitutional. Among other things, … ›

California argues it can silence speech so long as it's super secretive about it

When the government engages in shady, unconstitutional behavior, it’s usually not forthcoming about it.  As courts have observed, “the government rarely flatly admits,” for example, that “it is engaging in … ›

California Legislature to consider two bills that repeal the unconstitutional autograph law

Back in May, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of Book Passage and Bill Petrocelli. The lawsuit challenged a newly-enacted law that made the sale of autographed books … ›

Weekly litigation report — May 20, 2017

Amicus brief filed for contractor long frozen out of contracts Settlement reached in mobile home park case Cap and trade appealed Prairie dog ruling petition to the 10th Circuit Reply … ›

Why the separation of powers matters for racial equality

In high school, I spent hours hunkered at a library computer playing Sid Meier’s Civilization instead of working on the school newspaper. In the game, you could lead your own civilization from stone age to space … ›

California threatens to shut down small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli.

Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free expression.  In addition to selling books, it hosts over 700 author events a year—in which authors give talks, read passages, interact with readers, and sign books.  Bill keeps copies of signed books from these events to sell later at his stores—signed books are scattered all over the store.  Book Passage also procures a monthly book club, wherein readers are sent a first edition signed book by an up-and-coming author.

Book Passage doesn’t charge a premium for the signature; all of its books are sold for their cover price. But a newly enacted California law makes it extremely risky, if not impossible, for Book Passage to continue selling autographed books or hosting author events.

California threatens to shut down book signings and therefore small booksellers

Today we filed this First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of beloved Bay Area bookstore Book Passage, and its co-owner, Bill Petrocelli. Book Passage is a hub of literary activity and free … ›

Minerva Dairy challenges Wisconsin's anti-competitive artisanal butter ban

This morning, Minerva Dairy and its President, Adam Mueller, challenged a Wisconsin law that bans butter from being sold within Wisconsin if it hasn’t first been “graded.” Wisconsin’s law prevents … ›

Weekly litigation report

Individual Rights – Equal Protection. In the long-running saga of Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense and Small Business, a small business is challenging the racial classifications in Section … ›

Victory for Nashville property owners and guests

In an important victory for economic liberty and property rights, today, a judge in Nashville, Tennessee agreed that the Nashville Metro Council’s regulations of short-term rentals are unconstitutional. Among other things, … ›