The Slants win First Amendment challenge

The Slants, a rock band out of Portland, was told it could not trademark its band name because it was “disparaging.” The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that the name “The Slants” was derogatory towards Asians, and would not give trademark … Continue reading

Free speech prevails in Fourth Circuit do-over

After nearly four years of litigation, property owners’ First Amendment rights were finally vindicated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Central Radio Company v. City of Norfolk.  The court ruled that the City of Norfolk unconstitutionally … Continue reading

School choice, union power, and Obamacare

I will be on the air for another round of radio interviews this week. On Thursday morning, I’ll be talking about the Montana case and our Obamacare challenge with Pastor Greg Young. You can listen live here at 8:00 a.m. PST tomorrow morning, and … Continue reading

Scrap tires and school choice

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a religious liberty case that may bear on the success of school choice across the country. The case doesn’t directly involve school choice. It’s about scrap tires and playgrounds. But its outcome may determine the extent to … Continue reading

Agency shop fees on the brink

Alexis De Tocqueville was deeply impressed by America’s use of voluntary associations to pursue undertakings both large and small, in every aspect of life.  Public employee unions may soon be included in that category of voluntary associations, as several justices … 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

President’s weekly report — December 31, 2015

School choice supported in Montana PLF sued the Montana Department of Revenue to fight a rule that forbids children who want to attend religious school from getting scholarship assistance. In May 2015, Montana became the 43rd state to adopt a school choice … Continue reading

PLF’s Director of Litigation recaps big PLF victories of 2015

PLF Director of Litigation James Burling appeared on the Andy Caldwell show to discuss noteworthy and landmark legal victories across the United States for Pacific Legal Foundation in 2015, including victories in Bowman/SDS Family Trust v. California Coastal Commission, The … Continue reading

I’m dreaming of a free speech Christmas

Want more proof that federal government deserves a lump of coal in its stocking this year? This summer, the FEC decided that it needs to “protect” voters by cracking down on Facebook Fan Pages with names like Run Bernie Run … Continue reading