Policymakers considering occupational licensing changes?

This week, two different committees of legislative policymakers met to discuss the impact of occupational licensing on entrepreneurs and the economy. On Tuesday, the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights took up the issue, … Continue reading

The growing PAGA exception to freedom of contract

A couple years ago, in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court held that employees who act as “representatives” to assert claims under the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) are acting as “deputies” on behalf of the … Continue reading

Can Californians arbitrate claims for public injunctive relief?

Sharon McGill sued Citibank under California’s consumer protection laws for alleged unfair competition and false advertising in offering a credit insurance plan she purchased to protect her Citibank credit card account.  McGill signed a contract that contained an arbitration provision … Continue reading

Almost 100 years later, Prohibition’s legacy stifles economic opportunity

After the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition, states regained control over alcohol sales.  Unfortunately, interest groups and angry temperance supporters swiftly harnessed the states’ new power to pass anti-competitive laws in their favor. 100 years later, the alcoholic beverage industry is … Continue reading

Nevada needs economic liberty

A successful limousine company with a proven safety record shouldn’t have to get permission before expanding its fleet. But in Nevada, the Transportation Authority requires businesses to first seek permission from their competitors before expanding. This type of occupational licensing law, … Continue reading

Debates over occupational licensing must remember the Constitution

A debate recently appeared in the editorial pages of the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Articles were written in favor of and opposed to occupational licensing in the state. Because neither piece discussed the constitutional ramifications of occupational licensing, … Continue reading

Comments submitted to Florida House of Representatives subcommittee opposing music therapist registration

Round two of PLF’s continuing crusade to stop the enactment of new licensing laws for music therapists has begun. As I’ve previously mentioned, music therapist organizations are pushing for various licensing regulations in eight states. Seeking to educate lawmakers on … Continue reading

Ninth Circuit increases First Amendment protections for speech

Last week, a panel of the Ninth Circuit court strengthened protections for commercial speech (speech that proposes a commercial transaction between the speaker and the reader) in Retail Digital Network v. Appelsmith (RDN). RDN is a middleman in the advertising industry. It installs Liquid … Continue reading

PLF’s fight for property rights continues in 2016 on Courting Liberty

PLF Director of Litigation Jim Burling provides a survey of some key cases that PLF will litigate this year, promoting the property rights principles that are the foundation’s signature issue. We invite you to listen weekly and subscribe to PLF’s … Continue reading