Mixed week for liberty in the taxi industry

Congratulations to our friends at the Institute for Justice who, due to a legal victory last year, saw Milwaukee eliminate its cap on the number of taxi licenses available. As Reason reports, this has an incredibly significant impact on the … Continue reading

Government impounds car for giving free rides to cancer patients

The government’s protection of the taxi cartel has always been reprehensible. State and local governments bar entry into this industry in order to drive up prices and protect existing taxi companies from competition. As a consequence, entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant entrepreneurs, … Continue reading

Timothy Sandefur’s Sac Bee op-ed on Hobby Lobby case

Today’s Sac Bee carries PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur’s op-ed about the Hobby Lobby case.  Excerpt: [Hobby Lobby] is hardly an extreme decision. It did not block the availability of contraception, or force workers to get their bosses’ approval. It simply … Continue reading

Supreme Court denies cert in Minority TV free speech case

Today the Supreme Court denied cert in a First Amendment challenge to the FCC’s ban on certain types of paid advertising on public television stations. The ban prohibits commercials for for-profit businesses and politicians, but allows the stations to broadcast … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

New video featuring PLF client Troy Castillo

Troy Castillo, a former sergeant and police detective, just wants to work in Nevada.  With his years of experience at the Palm Springs, California, police department, he’s obviously well-qualified to work as a private investigator in the Silver State.  And … Continue reading

Taxi drivers protest Uber, progress

In the last month, taxi drivers around the world have shut down city streets to protest against competition from Uber.* Traffic in major European cities ground to a halt last week. This followed in the wake of a similar demonstration … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 6, 2014

Environment — No trust in the air The D.C. Circuit issued this short unpublished per curiam decision in Alec L. v EPA, beating back a strange attempt to assert a “public trust” in the air.  This case seems to have been brought more … Continue reading

Texas Supreme Court decides that implied warranties can pass to second-hand buyers

Today, the Texas Supreme Court released a narrow decision in MAN Engines & Components, Inc v. Shows.  Doug Shows purchased a used 55-foot yacht, “as-is,” containing engines built by the defendant, MAN Engines.  When the engines failed, Mr. Shows sued … Continue reading

Heard through the grapevine: Ninth Circuit holds Koontz allows government price controls

Last week, the Ninth Circuit decided the remand of Horne v. USDA, the raisin case that the Supreme Court overturned last term. The case previously drew attention for what it had to say about Williamson County — the case that … Continue reading