West Virginia is more free today than it was yesterday

This morning the West Virginia legislature passed a bill repealing their Certificate of Need law, also known as a “Competitor’s Veto” law.  Formerly, anybody who wanted to start a moving business there essentially had to ask their competitors for permission … Continue reading

Op-ed on Nevada’s second bite at the free market apple

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has published my op-ed on AB 240, Nevada’s renewed attempt to get rid of its Competitor’s Veto law. As I write in the article: Nevada also passed a repeal bill last term, but Gov. Sandoval vetoed … Continue reading

PLF urges court to end Kentucky’s unconstitutional mover cartel

Today, PLF attorneys filed a motion in Kentucky Federal District Court asking Judge Danny Reeves to strike down the Bluegrass States’ anti-competition law for moving companies. Representing entrepreneur Raleigh Bruner and his company, Wildcat Moving, we’ve argued that the state’s … Continue reading

Moving-firm law hurts competition

The Lexington Herald-Leader had an editorial yesterday urging Kentucky lawmakers to repeal the state’s anti-competitive licensing law for moving companies, and focusing on our lawsuit on behalf of Raleigh Bruner. Excerpt: [U]nder Kentucky law, anyone may challenge the application and … Continue reading

Kentucky federal judge bars state from enforcing its anti-competition law

(PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur (L) and client Raleigh Bruner (R) outside the Federal Court building in Lexington, Ky. yesterday) This afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Danny Reeves issued an order blocking the state from enforcing its Competitor’s Veto law for … Continue reading

Why do Bloomington bureaucrats get to decide when competition is “desirable”?

Bloomington, Illinois, is a city of about 78,000 people, and home to Illinois State University. Sometimes, Illinois State students go out to parties where they drink too much to drive safely, and they need rides home. Many of these students, … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 8, 2012

Environment and Property Rights — Wetlands In response to our lawsuit, the Army Corps of Engineers withdrew its wetlands jurisdictional determination in Smith v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  The Smiths were thanked by the Corps for all the … Continue reading

Think twice about opening a moving company in Kentucky

Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Patrick Clark has an excellent story about Kentucky’s anti-competitive licensing rules for moving companies. Here’s an excerpt: In August, Marty Vaughn tried to open a College Hunks Moving franchise in Lexington, KY. She learned state law first required … Continue reading