President’s weekly report — June 5, 2015

 Lawsuit abuse — Filing without injury PLF filed this letter brief asking the California Supreme Court to review of Animal Legal Defense Fund v. LT Napa Partners—which PLF asked the Supreme Court to overturn an Unfair Competition Law (UCL) case that threatens … Continue reading

(Updated) Testimony in Nevada: The Competitor’s Veto is unconstitutional

Last week I testified in the Nevada Assembly Committee on Transportation about the constitutionality (or lack thereof) of the state’s licensing laws for taxis, limousines, and moving companies.  In order to start a transportation business in the state, entrepreneurs essentially … Continue reading

Montana takes a step toward economic liberty

Thanks to PLF’s lawsuit, yesterday the Montana legislature gave final approval to a bill that would eliminate the state’s Competitor’s Veto law for taxi companies. Under current law, existing transportation businesses are allowed to essentially veto any new competition from people who want to … Continue reading

Montana to consider amending its Competitor’s Veto Law

I’ll be testifying in front of the Montana House of Representatives Transportation Committee this Friday at 3 pm to talk about Competitor’s Veto laws and the right to earn a living.  You can stream that hearing live on Friday here. … Continue reading

“They pretend public benefit, intend private”

Four centuries ago, Sir Edward Coke, one of the founding fathers of the Anglo-American legal tradition, explained how businesses often collude with government to illegalize competition. They persuade the government to adopt licensing laws or other restrictions, which allow existing firms … Continue reading

Government monopolies: the Court should not allow immunity unless anticompetitive laws are subsantively justified

(Part 4 of a series. Here are Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) In N.C. Dental Examiners v. FTC, the Supreme Court will decide whether to extend Parker antitrust immunity to state regulatory agencies that are dominated by private … Continue reading

Government monopolies: the Court should enforce the “active supervision” requirement

(Part 3 of a series. Here’s Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4.) In the N.C. Dental Examiners case, the Supreme Court will decide whether Parker antitrust immunity should apply to state regulatory agencies that are run entirely by private parties … Continue reading

Government monopolies: the Supreme Court should overrule the Southern Motor Carriers case

(Part 2 of a series. Here are Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4) In the N.C. Dental Examiners case, the Supreme Court will decide whether to extend Parker antitrust immunity to state regulatory agencies that are run entirely by … Continue reading

Taxi drivers protest Uber, progress

In the last month, taxi drivers around the world have shut down city streets to protest against competition from Uber.* Traffic in major European cities ground to a halt last week. This followed in the wake of a similar demonstration … Continue reading