New data on occupational licensing confirms existence of rent-seeking incentives

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released new data that shows workers with an occupational license or certification tend to earn higher wages than those without a license or certification. That shouldn’t be all that surprising since one of the … Continue reading

The crime of charging customers too little in Florida

Do we really need laws that prohibit entrepreneurs from charging consumers too little? PLF’s economic liberty project challenges so-called “minimum price” laws that do just that. These laws are rich examples of cronyism and, unfortunately, a Florida state appellate court … Continue reading

Do doctors give up their First Amendment rights when they speak with patients?

The answer to that question should be “no.” Unfortunately, something called the “professional speech doctrine” practically makes the answer, “yes.” That’s why today, as part of our ongoing effort to support free speech, PLF filed a brief in Wollschlaeger v. … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 15, 2016

It’s been a very busy week at Pacific Legal Foundation.  Here are the highlights. Protecting property rights in the Supreme Court  A week after oral argument before the Supreme Court in Hawkes, PLF attorneys are already preparing their next case at … Continue reading

Yet another pro-class action decision in the Ninth Circuit

Three years ago, Richard Chen and Florencio Pacleb sued Allstate Insurance Company for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. They purported to represent a class of people who received unwanted Allstate robocalls and sought the statutory remedy of … Continue reading

Baseball, arbitration clauses, and publicly funded stadiums

Unless you live in Adelanto, California or closely follow Minor League Baseball, you’ve probably missed out on the brouhaha between the city of Adelanto and the owners of the High Desert Mavericks baseball team. The trouble centers on the 2012 … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 1, 2016

Supreme Court member apologizes  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today issued an apology today on behalf of all Justices, living and dead, who ever espoused the notion of a “living constitution.” Saying that she was visited by the ghost of her … Continue reading

Searching for an answer: Google petitions the Supreme Court

Last week, the Supreme Court issued its narrow decision in Tyson v. Bouaphakeo, allowing class certification in a case dependent on statistical sampling to prove liability in limited circumstances. PLF’s amicus brief in the case argued that statistical sampling is … Continue reading

California Supreme Court upholds arbitration agreement!

Maribel Baltazar worked in a distribution warehouse for clothing retailer Forever 21.  She alleges that she suffered discrimination and harassment on the job, ultimately leading to her quitting.  She sued Forever 21 and certain co-workers, who then moved to compel … Continue reading