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There is a new sheriff in town in Indio, California and he's coming after residents who find themselves caught in the city's outrageous new code enforcement law. That sheriff is a private,...

In 2016, D.C. passed new rules that could throw thousands of perfectly qualified daycare workers out of a job simply because they haven't been to college. D.C. parents already know how expensive...

New Jersey is the only state in the U.S. to completely ban bakers from selling cookies, cakes and muffins that were made in a home kitchen—foods even the ...

City officials in Cumberland, MD are destroying the entire Rolling Mill neighborhood to build a chain restaurant and a parking lot. But many of us still live here, ...

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing is the first national study to measure how burdensome occupational licensing laws ...

Earlier this year, Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, opened his mailbox to find a notice from the state of California threatening to shut ...

Do adults have the right to talk to other adults about what to buy at the grocery store? That's the question raised by a federal lawsuit filed by the Institute for ...

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has seized and kept Gerardo Serrano's truck for the past two years because he forgot he'd left five ...

http://ij.org/press-release/bombshell-documents-reveal-secret-plan-city-charlestown-ind-private-developer/

http://www.ij.org/case/north-carolina-makeup-schools.

Jasna Bukvic is a North Carolina-based professional makeup artist who wants to open up a school to teach others how to apply makeup like her. But there is a ...

Sally Ladd is an entrepreneur who manages vacation properties in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Recognizing the exciting opportunities afforded by the ...

Nobody should need their competitors' permission to operate a business. But the government of Louisville is forcing that very requirement on local food trucks.

https://ij.org/case/iowa-certificate-need/ For more than 20 years, Dr. Lee Birchansky has tried to offer his patients the option of having their cataract and other ...

The government tried to stifle the dreams of this entrepreneur for almost two years as he tried to get his business off the ground. Watch what happened when he ...

Running red lights can get you a ticket. But in Oregon, you can be fined just for talking about it. Mats Järlström learned this first-hand last year when the state of ...

Learn more here: http://ij.org/case/orange-park-sign/

For Scott Fisher, gaming is not just a passion; it is also how he supports his wife, Lori Fisher, and two children, Kailey and Ryland. Scott runs a video game store ...

The Institute for Justice and small farm wineries have filed suit to challenge MN's restrictions on wine making. http://ij.org/case/minnesota-interstate-shipping/

http://ij.org/case/pottstown-penn-rental-inspections/

A small-town mayor in rural Indiana has made it his personal mission to oust the residents of a tight-knit working-class neighborhood, bulldoze their homes and ...

What is IJ Activism? http://ij.org/activism.

Can the government take all of a family's money based on suspicion that one family member committed a crime? That is exactly what happened to the Slatic ...

When undercover NYPD officers offered to sell stolen electronics to customers at Sung Cho's laundromat, near the northern tip of Manhattan, Sung never ...

West Haven, Connecticut has always been home for Bob McGinnity. He grew up there and his childhood home remained his base during his time in the U.S. ...

When the government gets in your way, have you ever stopped and asked why? Asking such a simple question is easy, but getting the government to answer it ...

Every year, nearly 3000 Americans die because they cannot find a matching bone marrow donor. Common sense suggests that offering modest incentives to ...

Every year, nearly 3000 Americans die because they cannot find a matching bone marrow donor. Common sense suggests that offering modest incentives to ...

Eyebrow threading is an ancient grooming technique that dates back thousands of years to parts of South Asia and the Middle East. The technique is simple.

http://ij.org/case/connecticut-forfeiture/ In May 2013, the IRS seized more than $68000 from Vocatura's Bakery—a third-generation family business located in ...

http://ij.org/case/baltimore-vending/ Joey Vanoni and Nikki McGowan are Baltimore-area mobile vending entrepreneurs. Joey is a Navy veteran and the owner of ...

A group of Karen Christians from Burma and Thailand have partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to challenge the civil forfeiture of more than $53000 by ...

https://www.change.org/p/don-t-zone-me-out-of-business.

In 2005, the city of Dallas changed the zoning for Hinga Mbogo's property to prohibit neighborhood mechanic shops. Using a procedure called “amortization,” ...

Learn more: http://ij.org/case/little-rock-taxis/

Little Rock, AR has one taxi company, and it's illegal to start another one. Little Rock's government has completely forgotten that the right to choose which taxi to ...

Tour guides are storytellers, and the government cannot be in the business of deciding what stories are important or who is allowed to tell them. That is why on ...

Learn more: http://ij.org/case/wisconsin-baked-go...

In Colorado, disgruntled politicians can have their critics hauled into court, with no right to a public defender. In September 2015, Tammy Holland of Strasburg, ...

Anyone with an oven and a recipe should be able to have a baking business—but that is not the case in Wisconsin, where selling baked goods made in your ...

Civil forfeiture laws pose some of the greatest threats to property rights in the nation today, too often making it easy and lucrative for law enforcement to take and ...

Pagedale specifically budgets to receive a large percentage of its revenue from fines and fees. By targeting a certain amount of revenue from fines and fees from ...

Learn more: http://ij.org/case/iowa-hair-braiding/

Nobody should need their competitors' permission to operate a business. But for over a decade, the city of San Antonio has forced food trucks to do just that.

Learn more: http://www.ij.org/nevada-school-choice.

On Sept. 17, 2015, a group of five Nevada families partnered with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to defend Nevada's Education Savings Account (ESA) program ...

After the Institute for Justice's landmark victory before the Texas Supreme Court, eyebrow threaders in Texas are free to practice their trade without obtaining a ...

Learn more: http://www.ij.org/new-jersey-headstones.

This case is about one of the most blatant violations of economic liberty in America. It vividly illustrates what is wrong with legislatures in New Jersey and across ...

In February 2012, two government agents came to Randy's farm. The IRS, they told him, had seized the farm's entire bank account, containing more than $60000 ...

In June 2014, the government seized Ken Quran's entire bank account—more than $150000. This was money that Ken worked for years to earn, and that he was ...

IJ's Dana Berliner was recently featured on The Blaze to discuss the 10 year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo ruling. Stay updated! http://www.ij.org.

Imagine a successful business with a history of innovation, job creation, and consumer satisfaction. Now imagine that this business is actually prohibited from ...

June 23 marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's most universally despised opinion in modern memory: Kelo v. City of New London.

Learn more: http://ij.org/san-diego-taxis-release-5-1-2015.

Vendors in South Florida are being harassed, fined $500 and arrested for simply selling flowers, churros and candy bars. If these vendors are prevented from ...

Lyndon McLellan has spent more than a decade running L&M Convenience Mart, a gas station, restaurant, and convenience store in rural Fairmont, North ...

You can go to jail for 30 days in Savannah, Georgia for the terrible crime of…talking without a license. Learn more: ...

Read the report: http://www.ij.org/seize-first-question-later.