President’s weekly report — April 10, 2015

Wetlands — Major victory in the 8th Circuit The 8th Circuit handed us this major victory today in Hawkes v. United States.  The decision is a wonder to read because the court “got it.”  It understood that requiring a landowner to … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 3, 2015

Big day for Liberty — Property rights in California The California Supreme Court will hear arguments this Wednesday, April 8, in California Building Industry Association v. San Jose.  This is the case where the City is demanding that builders of … Continue reading

Montana tries to get our Competitor’s Veto lawsuit kicked out of court

Today we asked a Federal court not to throw out our case challenging Montana’s Competitor’s Veto law.  Our client, Tracie Pabst, has owned shuttle companies in Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, and Texas, and has provided service to over 170,000 … 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

Testimony to the Nevada Senate: Competitor’s Veto laws are unconstitutional

Last week I testified to the Nevada Senate Committee on Transportation about the state’s Competitor’s Veto laws in the transportation industry.  The way these laws work is that when an applicant files a license for a limousine, taxi, or moving … 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

Supreme Court gives entrepreneurs a tool to fight back

Moments ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, an antitrust lawsuit in which the Federal Trade Commission sued a state agency that regulates the practice of the dental industry. … Continue reading

President’s weekly report on the law and Dickens — February 20, 2015

Economic Liberty Project — Challenging another competitor’s veto We filed this complaint this week challenging Nevada’s version of a competitor’s veto in Perlman v. Mackay.  Here the owners of an limousine and moving services would like to expand in Nevada — but … Continue reading

PLF asks federal court to halt unconstitutional licensing laws for private investigators

This afternoon, we asked the federal court in Las Vegas to issue a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing a law that makes it a crime to “furnish…information” about the “habits” or “conduct” or “acts” of “any person” without … Continue reading

You shouldn’t have to ask your competitors for permission to start a business

Should existing businesses have the power to veto new enterprises?  Nevada thinks so.  We don’t. Ron and Danell Perlman are the owner-operators of Reno Tahoe Limousine, based in Reno, Nevada.  They own seven limousines that they use for trips within … Continue reading