About Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur is a Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation.

PLF challenges the Competitor’s Veto in the birthplace of the Constitution

More than two centuries ago, great statesmen assembled in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution that would “preserve the blessings of liberty.” Among them were some of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs, including Pennsylvania’s own Ben Franklin, one of the great … Continue reading

PLF to Ninth Circuit: Let our challenge to Nevada’s Competitor’s Veto law go forward

On Thursday, I’ll be in San Francisco arguing on behalf of Reno entrepreneur Maurice Underwood. He’s the business owner who tried to start a moving company in Reno only to learn that that state has the nation’s most anti-competitive licensing … Continue reading

How Anne Brontë violated Nevada law by speaking without permission

Last week, we filed the final papers asking a federal judge in Las Vegas to stop the state from enforcing its “private investigator” licensing law—that’s the law that says that if you “furnish…information” about a “person,” and get paid for … Continue reading

Supreme Court won’t hear case challenging Obamacare’s “Platonic Guardians”

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to review the case challenging the constitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. This is the group of unelected bureaucrats given authority to set Medicare reimbursement rates, whose “recommendations” automatically become law … Continue reading

State “Competitor’s Veto” laws and the right to earn a living

The Mercatus Center has published my paper on Competitor’s Veto laws—laws that force you to get permission from your own competition before you’re allowed to start a business—and how the federal government could protect people from such violations of their … Continue reading

How business friendly is Nevada, really?

The Sacramento Bee‘s Dale Kasler has an in-depth article about our latest Competitor’s Veto lawsuit, challenging Nevada’s laws that bar people from starting moving businesses, limo companies, or taxi businesses, if they would compete with existing companies. As he points … Continue reading