PLF argues in Oregon Supreme Court that laws should benefit the public, not cronies

Though occupational licensing laws are often justified in terms of health or safety, studies show that licensing regimes are more often bare attempts by entrenched business interests to protect their market share.  The result of such crony laws is that … Continue reading

PLF challenges Oklahoma law that stifles American Indian artist’s speech and right to earn a living

Peggy Fontenot is an award-winning American Indian photographer and artist, specializing in hand-made beaded jewelry and cultural items. For more than 30 years, Ms. Fontenot has traveled the country to show and sell her American Indian art. Because of Oklahoma’s … Continue reading

Sacramento city councilman reminded that the Constitution protects freedom of association

There was a small dust-up in the Sacramento press this week. It seems that Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer has grown weary of a watchdog organization (Eye on Sacramento) that routinely challenges proposed ordinances and policies, and generally serves as … Continue reading

Friends of the First Amendment file friend-of-the-court briefs

Financial regulators targeted Bob Bennie after he made unsavory comments about President Obama. Although Bennie spoke as a tea party activist, the regulators pressured Bennie’s employer to levy financial sanctions on him for sharing his political views. In a Supreme Court petition, PLF explained … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — October 29, 2016

Bills of Attainder and the” Cromwell effect.” We filed our amicus brief in Fowler v. Lanier in the Ninth Circuit emphasizing to the court the importance of the Constitution’s prohibition on “bills of attainder.” While this is a fairly obscure … Continue reading

Victory for Nashville property owners and guests

In an important victory for economic liberty and property rights, today, a judge in Nashville, Tennessee agreed that the Nashville Metro Council’s regulations of short-term rentals are unconstitutional. Among other things, the ordinance banned any form of advertising short-term rentals with … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — October 14, 2016

Victory in free speech case The City of San Juan Capistrano agreed this week to stop enforcing it’s ban on putting “for sale” signs in car windows in Cefali v. San Juan Capistrano. Because any other sort of sign is … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — October 7, 2016

Government shouldn’t abridge the freedom of speech with regulatory harassment We filed this petition for writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to take up the case of Bennie v. Munn. Bob Bennie, a well-regarded financial consultant and leader of … Continue reading