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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 30, 2015

Testimony in Montana: the Competitor's Veto is unconstitutional

Today I testified to the Montana Legislature’s House Transportation Committee about the unconstitutionality of their Competitor’s Veto law—the same law we challenged in court yesterday.  The Committee is considering amending that law and eliminating the Competitor’s Veto for the taxi industry.  However, those amendments d ...

December 23, 2014

Markets and morality

When the ghost of Jacob Marley bemoaned his eternal torment, Scrooge spluttered, "But you were always a good man of business, Jacob.” “Business!” cried the ghost. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensiv ...

April 26, 2013

Are Justin Bieber tickets property?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an interesting article that considers whether concert tickets are property.  The philosophical question has practical implications, as California lawmakers are considering whether to ban paperless tickets, which can only be redeemed with proof of identification.  Paperless tickets are meant to curb scal ...

March 23, 2011

Market-based land use policies help cities survive recession

Author: Daniel Himebaugh Reason Foundation's new Annual Privatization Report 2010 concludes that Houston, Texas weathered the recent housing crisis better than any other major city, with housing prices declining far less than in the rest of the country.  Why did Houston survive when others struggle?  The answer lies in Houston's ...

May 12, 2010

The Voluntary City

Author: Joshua Thompson Following up on Timothy Sandefur's latest post, regarding government solutions, I wanted to recommend a book for our readers in our continuing PLF summer reading list series (Post 1, 2, 3, and 4). The Voluntary City is an excellent book, often cited in PLF briefs, that provides the reader with a well-research ...

March 03, 2010

Children are forgotten in school choice battle

Author: Joshua Thompson   Last week I blogged about the fight between Rowland Unified School District and Walnut Valley Unified School District over the District of Choice Act.  The District of Choice Act is one of California's only school choice programs.  It gives parents the freedom to choose the sch ...