About Timothy Sandefur

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

Obamacare: The Origination Clause issue isn’t a conservative-liberal thing

Obamacare remains a partisan issue. Although most Americans have never supported it, and still don’t, supporters and opponents line up along predictable conservative/liberal lines. But the constitutional issues involved in Obamacare, not so much. Liberals have as much at stake … Continue reading

Obamacare and the Origination Clause: What’s a bill “for”?

Four D.C. Circuit Court Judges, led by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, dissented from their colleagues’ decision not to reconsider their ruling against our Origination Clause challenge to Obamacare. Here’s a quick summation. The Origination Clause says, “All Bills for raising Revenue … Continue reading

Look how many people have to get government permission just to have a job

Last week’s White House report on occupational licensing laws details some offers some disturbing information about how these laws restrict economic opportunity for entrepreneurs, and raise the cost of living for consumers. Some highlights: More than a quarter, and possibly … Continue reading

White House licensing report: what about the Competitor’s Veto?

One thing the White House’s report on occupational licensing laws unfortunately left out completely is Competitor’s Veto laws: laws that forbid people from entering a business not because they are unskilled or unqualified, but solely and explicitly because existing businesses … Continue reading

White House licensing report: one bad recommendation

The new report from the White House about the problems with occupational licensing laws is a great step forward, given how little attention is paid to the fundamental human right of every person to earn a living without unreasonable government … Continue reading

Have California courts got the message? Arbitration contracts should be enforced like other contracts

For years, PLF has been chronicling—and combating—the efforts of California courts to nullify arbitration contracts. Federal law requires that states enforce arbitration agreements just like any other contract, but California courts have found various loopholes to avoid enforcing such agreements, … Continue reading

White House licensing report: what can the feds do to protect the right to earn a living?

Last week, the Obama Administration released a report on the effects of occupational licensing, and calling for reforms that would better protect the rights of entrepreneurs and workers to earn a living without unreasonable government interference. This is a gratifying … Continue reading