Licensed out : occupational licensing hurts, not helps

August 04, 2017 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

When Arty Vogt purchased a moving business with his wife Stephanie, he never thought that running it would be easy.  But he certainly didn’t think that he’d be shut down simply because the existing businesses didn’t want to compete with him. Unfortunately, Arty operated in West Virginia, which required movers to obtain a “C ...


The President's Weekly Report

October 31, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Environmental Law – Judicial Review of Jurisdictional Determinations This week we asked the United States Supreme Court to review a decision of the Fifth Circuit holding that landowners have no right to challenge a determination by the United States Army Corps of Engineers that their land is subject to the agency’s permitting control under ...


Nevada bureaucrats : we need to "vet" people before they exercise First Amendment rights

June 30, 2014 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

Retired Police Detective and PLF client Troy Castillo The right to speak freely isn’t just for political candidates; it’s also a central part of the right to earn a living. That’s why PLF’s Economic Liberty Project is in court fighting for Troy Castillo’s right to work as a private investigator without being subject ...


Fifth Circuit : “naked transfers of wealth” are unconstitutional

October 24, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday asked Louisiana state courts to decide whether state regulators have the authority to ban people from selling coffins unless they get a state funeral director’s license. The judges declined to strike down the restriction as unconstitutional because there’s some doubt that the regulators who i ...


Economic liberty for apprenticeship programs

January 25, 2012 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Today the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit against the state of California for enforcing an anti-competitive law regulating apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship is a key component of the state’s economy, and the route to self-sufficiency for many hardworking Californians, who learn marketable skills and find jobs through apprentice ...


License to kill competition


Author: Lana Harfoush In PLF’s free enterprise litigation, we are frequently confronted by courts that are hesitant to strike down government licensing laws. Courts recognize that government licensing schemes are often designed to promote public health and safety, and so they defer to the government’s judgment. For example, more p ...