Bill to license music therapists in New Jersey refuses to die

Almost a year ago I wrote about a bill pending in the New Jersey legislature that would’ve created an occupational license for music therapists in the state. Fortunately, that bill didn’t make it through the legislature, and the legislative session … Continue reading

PLF challenges Oklahoma law that stifles American Indian artist’s speech and right to earn a living

Peggy Fontenot is an award-winning American Indian photographer and artist, specializing in hand-made beaded jewelry and cultural items. For more than 30 years, Ms. Fontenot has traveled the country to show and sell her American Indian art. Because of Oklahoma’s … Continue reading

California commission recommends major occupational licensing reform

Earlier this month California’s Little Hoover Commission released its report (Jobs for Californians: Strategies to Ease Occupational Licensing Barriers) on occupational licensing in the state. Noting that licensing is often sold as a means to protect consumers while actually serving other … Continue reading

For entrepreneurs, parents, and property owners, every day is Constitution Day

The Washington Times and New Hampshire Union Leader have published my Constitution Day op-ed, which details why the Constitution is vital—not just today, but every day.  The Constitution is what makes PLF’s job possible, and allows us to fight back … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — September 17, 2016

First Amendment challenge to ban on automobile “For Sale” signs EEOC gets a haircut Petition for rehearing denied in Florida takings case Amicus brief filed in support of right to earn a living First Amendment challenge to ban on automobile … Continue reading

Courts should care about your right to earn a living

Though the rights to free speech and bear arms get all the press, the right to earn a living might be the most fundamental right of all.  The Fourteenth Amendment protects that right—allowing all of us the opportunity to provide … Continue reading

Federal supremacy protects miners’ rights

PLF and Western Mining Alliance have filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit case Bohmker v. Oregon. In the brief, we argue that federal mining policy preempts Oregon’s ban on a federally-approved and encouraged mining practice. Part of having … Continue reading

States can’t evade the First Amendment by labeling speech “professional conduct”

Today we filed this brief asking a full panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear our case on behalf of Leslie Young. Leslie Young is an advertising broker.  She started her business—eList.me—to help people who want to … Continue reading

Second Circuit extends New York’s 154-year-old streak of discrimination against out-of-state lawyers

Last Friday, the Second Circuit upheld a longstanding New York requirement that out-of-state attorneys must maintain a physical office in the state to practice New York law–a requirement not imposed on attorneys who reside within the Empire state. … Continue reading

New data on occupational licensing confirms existence of rent-seeking incentives

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released new data that shows workers with an occupational license or certification tend to earn higher wages than those without a license or certification. That shouldn’t be all that surprising since one of the … Continue reading