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January 17, 2018

A good day for economic liberty in New Jersey

All too often we've had the displeasure of reporting on courts rubber stamping licensing schemes and legislative reform efforts dying in a haze of predictable interest group lobbying. Nevertheless, there is good news! ...

October 18, 2017

New paper highlights importance of New Jersey sports gambling case

The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Michelle Minton has a new paper highlighting the importance of the Supreme Court ruling the right way in New Jersey’s challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. As Michelle explains, and PLF, CEI, Cato, and WILL explained in our amicus brief in the case, PASPA has been a failu ...

June 27, 2017

Supreme Court to hear constitutional challenge to federal sports betting ban

This morning, the Supreme Court decided to review New Jersey’s constitutional challenge to a federal law that purports to forbid almost every state—except, notably, Nevada—from legalizing sports gambling. PLF, joined by Cato and CEI, filed an amicus brief supporting cert. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which i ...

November 15, 2016

New Jersey places a bet on the Constitution

States are not puppets of the federal government, to be manipulated to accomplish whatever policy the federal government might prefer. If they were, both individual liberty and political accountability would be compromised. That’s why our Constitution forbids the feds from requiring states to govern according to federal instructions. That ven ...

March 10, 2016

New Jersey doubles down on sports betting

This week, I participated in a Federalist Society teleconference call on the Third Circuit’s recent en banc arguments over New Jersey’s efforts to repeal its prohibitions against sports gambling. That call has since been released as a podcast and is available here. ...

December 10, 2015

Florida sunshine in New Jersey for the holidays

The PLF Atlantic Center does not slow down for the holidays. In just the last few weeks, we have filed briefs in the North Carolina Supreme Court, a Florida appellate court, argued a case before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and won an administrative case against the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. You can click ...

September 11, 2015

A winning hand for the Fifth Amendment

Last month, the Constitution won a hand in an Atlantic City Court. That's a victory for all Americans. The New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), a state agency, sought to take the Atlantic City family home of Charlie Birnbaum. Birnbaum's family had owned the home for decades, but that didn't matter to state bureaucrats. ...

April 09, 2015

NJ Supreme Court on arbitration: tougher than the rest?

  PLF went racing in the streets this week up to the swamps of Jersey to file an amicus brief in an arbitration case pending at the New Jersey Supreme Court. In Morgan v. Sanford Brown, we argue that the Court should uphold a lower court decision to enforce an arbitration agreement and send the parties to arbitration. PLF has reason to ...

January 22, 2015

NY and NJ courts both reject property rights

Property owners in New York and New Jersey learned again this week that their state courts often reject property rights in favor of creative ways to take private property in a manner that violates the Fifth Amendment. In New York, the court upended a centuries-old settled question of law in the case of Friends of Thayer Lake, LLC v. Phil Brow ...

November 03, 2014

What are the odds that SCOTUS will have to decide the constitutionality of Nevada's monopoly on sports gambling?

Last term, the Supreme Court considered a petition to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a federal law that forbids any state from liberalizing its sports gambling laws except Nevada. PLF and Cato submitted an amicus brief asking the Court to take up the case to decide an important constitutional question: can Congress arbitrarily discriminate am ...