Courts shouldn’t throw out our claims before we have the chance to prove them

Over half of states have laws that require entrepreneurs to get permission from existing businesses to open up shop.  We call these laws “Competitor’s Veto” laws, and we’ve challenged them successfully in Oregon, Missouri, Kentucky, and Montana.  Now we’re challenging them in … Continue reading

States can’t evade the First Amendment by labeling speech “professional conduct”

Today we filed this brief asking a full panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear our case on behalf of Leslie Young. Leslie Young is an advertising broker.  She started her business—eList.me—to help people who want to … Continue reading

Court rules that you need a real estate broker license to advertise for sale by owner homes

Leslie Young started her business—eList.me—to help people who want to sell their homes without the use of a real estate broker, or “for sale by owner” (FSBO).  The way her business works is she enters information about FSBO homes into … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 20, 2016

Complaint filed to stop “competitors’ veto” in West Virginia PLF attorneys challenged West Virginia’s Competitor’s Veto law on behalf of Arty Vogt, who owns a moving company based in Virginia.  Arty would like to provide moving services within neighboring West … Continue reading

PLF challenges law that allows businesses to veto new competition

Most people see the United States as the Land of Opportunity, where the right to pursue the occupation of one’s choice and to earn a living for oneself and one’s family is simply a “given.”  Yet over half the states … Continue reading

Lemonade stand freedom coming to Louisiana

By now I’m sure you’ve heard a story about an overzealous health inspector or police officer ticketing a harmless child for having the nerve to operate a lemonade stand without a license or permit. Not even Jerry Seinfeld’s kids are … Continue reading

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

Economic liberty, school choice, and opportunity for all

This morning, I spoke with the Northern California Record, an upstart paper affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce, about my participation in a UC Berkeley panel debate on affirmative action. The journalist asked several important questions, but the one that stuck out … Continue reading

Pennsylvanians benefit from more economic liberty

It has been said that “no man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” In Pennsylvania that couldn’t be more true. Two bills are currently pending in the Pennsylvania Legislature that would erect barriers to … Continue reading