An online review portal could replace some occupational licenses in Washington

Those of us who oppose over-abundant occupational licensing schemes due to the burdens they impose on employment and the economy without supplying many benefits for the public, frequently note that web-based services like Yelp, and Uber and Lyft’s 5-star rating … Continue reading

Challenge to Washington, D.C.’s tax scheme moves forward

This week, in Coleman v. District of Columbia, a federal district court held that the plaintiffs have grounds to bring their Fifth Amendment challenge to the District of Columbia’s taking of their property under its former tax-foreclosure scheme. Liberty Blog readers may recall … Continue reading

The Center for Biological Diversity goes batty

The Center for Biological Diversity is threatening to sue the Fish & Wildlife Service for not imposing ruinous and unnecessary restrictions on private property owners throughout 37 states to protect the Northern long-eared bat. It contends that heavy-handed “take” regulations … Continue reading

Washington’s Supreme Court hears charter schools argument

On Tuesday, October 28, the Washington Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the State’s voter-adopted charter schools law.  Although the opposition pursued a multifaceted assult on the charter schools law, the court focused on a single issue: money. The State Constitution restricts the use of certain funds … Continue reading

Back to School Choice 2014 — Defending Washington’s charter schools law

In November 2012, Washington became the forty-second state to allow charter schools. The Charter Schools Act, adopted by one and a half million Washington voters, authorized the establishment of up to forty public charter schools in the first five years. … Continue reading

Washington Supreme Court affirms it doesn’t like arbitration clauses

Today the Washington Supreme Court issued an opinion in Hill v. Garda, which, unsurprisingly, demonstrated the lasting contempt among courts for arbitration agreements.  In Hill, a group of Garda employees brought a lawsuit against Garda for purported wage and hour … Continue reading

PLF amicus brief urges WA Supreme Court to respect freedom of contract

This week PLF filed an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court in Hill v. Garda CL, arguing that class arbitration cannot be imposed on parties merely because they agreed to individual arbitration.  As the U.S. Supreme Court recognized in Stolt-Nielsen v. AnimalsFeeds, the … Continue reading

State auditor says failure to reform regulations is hurting businesses

PLF attorneys regularly represent people who have been stymied by government in their attempts to earn a living.  For example, Adam Sweet and Michael Munie were both prevented from legally operating moving companies until PLF challenged the unconstitutional laws that … Continue reading