Update: PLF attorney Anastasia Boden to appear on the Andy Caldwell show

I’ll be speaking September 3rd at 4:30 pm PDT on the Andy Caldwell show about Labor Day and the right to earn a living.  You can stream the broadcast online here. … Continue reading

Labor day and the right to earn a living

Most everyone who sees suffering wishes they could do something about it, but often times this sympathetic impulse leads people to jump to quick fix policies without thinking about the consequences. Take for example, the minimum wage. … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 22, 2014

Property Rights — Extortion-by-the-Bay We had a hearing today in Levin v. San Francisco on our challenge to San Francisco’s new scheme to extract huge chunks of cash from rent-controlled landlords who wish to go out of the landlord business.  For … 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

Does advertising a home “For Sale By Owner” make you a real estate agent?

That’s what Nebraska bureaucrats think. Meet California entrepreneur Leslie Young. From her home in Northern California, Leslie runs a business called elist.me, which helps people to advertise their homes for sale on a For Sale By Owner basis. If you … Continue reading

Government impounds car for giving free rides to cancer patients

The government’s protection of the taxi cartel has always been reprehensible. State and local governments bar entry into this industry in order to drive up prices and protect existing taxi companies from competition. As a consequence, entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant entrepreneurs, … 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

Do constitutional protections end where “professional concerns” begin?

The Constitution forbids states from interfering with certain individual rights. For instance, states aren’t allowed to censor speech or deprive people of the right to travel from one state to another. But does that protection end as soon as a … Continue reading

Cuddling businesses rub regulators the wrong way

Here at PLF, we are accustomed to overzealous regulators stifling entrepreneurs’ right to earn a living, and we’ve defended movers and pest controllers and written briefs in support of casket-making monks, and more.  So we shouldn’t be surprised that regulators have their eyes on another ridiculously benign target.  But we … Continue reading