St. Louis license requirement has street performers singing the blues

June 26, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

The Missouri Watchdog had this article yesterday about the lawsuit challenging St. Louis’ requirement that street performers audition before a city official before they can get licenses to perform. We filed a friend of the court brief arguing that the law is unconstitutionally vague even aside from its obvious First Amendment problems. From ...


PLF joins with ACLU to defend the rights of St. Louis street performers

June 17, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

If you want to play a guitar on a street corner in St. Louis, you have to get a license. That’s not so unusual—but what is unusual is that unlike just about any other place, in St. Louis you also have to audition before a city bureaucrat, who gets to decide whether or not you’re … ...


What abolishing Missouri's mover licensing cartel has meant

March 14, 2013 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued its annual report in January, which among other things talks about how long it takes to get a license to operate a moving company. You can compare it to last year’s report. Now, remember that we sued the state to challenge the constitutionality of its mover licensing law, and … ...


Missouri legislature passes bill to repeal the state’s mover monopoly

May 18, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

This afternoon, in the final hours of the legislative session, Missouri lawmakers passed two bills, SB 470 and HB 1402, both of which repeal the state’s anti-competitive laws regulating moving companies. This came in direct response to PLF’s lawsuit challenging these laws on behalf of St. Louis businessman Michael Munie. The bills would ...


No working–by order of the Licensing Board

February 06, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Even while PLF challenges the constitutionality of Missouri’s anti-competitive licensing law for movers, the state is considering adopting still more restrictions on the right to earn a living. … ...


Rescuing the right to earn a living in Missouri

January 17, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Today we filed this motion in the case of St. Louis entrepreneur Michael Munie, asking the court to strike down a Missouri state law that essentially forbids anyone from going into the moving business without first getting permission from the existing moving companies. To be more precise, it’s illegal to run a moving company without getting ...