About Caleb Trotter

Caleb Trotter is a CPIL Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court enables school district’s bad behavior

This week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided Discovery Charter School v. School District of Philadelphia. As we discussed last year, Discovery is a successful Philadelphia school that serves grades K-8. In light of its students’ academic success, Discovery amassed a waiting list of … Continue reading

Nashville Airbnb case continues

Back in October we reported that Nashville homeowners Rachel and P.J. Anderson had prevailed in their challenge to Nashville’s restrictive and unconstitutional limitation on short-term rentals. Unfortunately, instead of doing the right thing and amending its law to respect the … Continue reading

Occupational de-licensing in Connecticut

Earlier this week Connecticut removed occupational licensing, registration, and certificate requirements for several professions. The de-licensing of an occupation is especially notable because of its rarity. A 2015 study authored by Dr. Robert J. Thornton and Dr. Edward J. Timmons, and published by … Continue reading

Supreme Court victory for The Slants

We’ve been writing about Simon Tam‘s efforts to trademark his Portland, Oregon-based rock band, The Slants, for over a year now. As you’ll recall, Mr. Tam, an Asian-American, formed his band in 2006 and recruited other Asian-Americans to join in order to provide an … Continue reading

Yes, the Constitution even protects communists

Naively, I thought that was obvious. But apparently I was wrong. In California, government employees may be fired solely because they are a member of the Communist Party. What if they’re great at their job? Doesn’t matter. What if their … Continue reading

Victory in Anaheim parent trigger law case

A little over a year ago we wrote about a maddening case in Anaheim, California. In 2015, a group of elementary school parents sought to take advantage of California’s Parent Empowerment Act (the “parent trigger”) to force the Anaheim City School … Continue reading

South Carolina Supreme Court gets it right on economic protectionism

As pointed out by Eugene Volokh, the South Carolina Supreme Court recently considered a case in which the S.C. Department of Revenue defended a law on the sole basis of protecting one industry group (operators of small liquor stores) from competing … Continue reading

San Francisco’s attempt to extort landlords denied…again

Last week we announced that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected San Francisco’s attempt to undo PLF’s victory on behalf of San Francisco landlords in the Levin case. In that case, landlords who wished to remove their property … Continue reading

New Federal Trade Commission economic liberty website

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched an exciting new website for its recently formed Economic Liberty Task Force. Aside from signaling how serious the FTC’s Acting Chairman, Maureen Ohlhausen, is in using the commission’s resources to advocate for occupational … Continue reading