PLF seeks to tear down Nevada’s “Keep Out” sign

Yesterday, PLF attorneys filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Troy Castillo challenging a Nevada law that prevents out-of-state entrepreneurs from competing across state lines.  The law requires private investigators to keep a “principal place of business” in the … Continue reading

PLF argues government can’t enact laws solely to protect existing businesses from legitimate competition

Milwaukee resident Ghaleb Ibrahim simply wants to own and operate his own taxicab.  But that city’s ordinance denies him the right to earn a living as a taxicab driver—not because he is unqualified, but because Milwaukee capped the amount of available … Continue reading

Dear Santa, All PLF wants for Christmas is…

To help you get in the holiday spirit, check out PLF’s Christmas wish list. And while you’re at it, share it with your friends! Click here for a larger version. To learn more, check out our Bruner, Koontz, and Sissel … Continue reading

To catch an entrepreneur

Our friends at ReasonTV have released this video reporting on California’s absurd strategy to enforce restrictions on the right to earn a living. Apparent fans of news/reality television, the California Contractors State License Board set up stings to catch would-be … Continue reading

Can states use licensing laws simply to prevent competition?

In 2008, PLF attorneys won an important victory for the constitutional right of entrepreneurs to earn a living without unreasonable government interference. In that case, Merrifield v. Lockyer, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that while states can use … Continue reading

Economic liberty hanging by a thread

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear the case of Patterson v. City of Bellmead. The Pattersons were asking for the chance to prove their allegations that a city kennel-licensing law is unconstitutional. That may seem like a … Continue reading

“Californy is the place you oughta be”– if you like burdensome occupational licensing regimes, that is

Last week our friends at the Reason Foundation posted an article about occupational licensing in California.  The post reveals that the Golden State leads the nation in two troubling areas: (1) the number of occupations requiring an individual to obtain … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 14, 2013

Economic Liberty – Right to Earn a Living We had a very sweet victory this week in Bruner v. Zawacki, our Kentucky movers case. We filed this case in August of last year in federal district court in order to … Continue reading