Victory: South Dakota city agrees to change unconstitutional law and allow taxi operator to reopen

After weeks of having her business shuttered and losing out on income, Debra Gagne can finally reopen her ride-for-hire company. This morning, the Watertown City Council held a special session to grant Debra a license to reopen Need-A-Ride, just in time for the busy holiday season. City officials also said they plan to reform the … Continue reading Victory: South Dakota city agrees to change unconstitutional law and allow taxi operator to reopen

Texas Mechanic Challenges City’s Mandatory Parking Minimum

Azael Sepulveda has always been a car guy. In 2013, he turned that passion into a career and opened Oz Mechanics, a small auto shop in Pasadena. He’s built a successful business over the past nine years and recently decided to buy a storefront instead of leasing. But now, the city of Pasadena is threatening … Continue reading Texas Mechanic Challenges City’s Mandatory Parking Minimum

New York residents fight to defend their homes from government-connected developers

This week residents and supporters of the Burnet Road neighborhood in Clay, New York, announced the formation of a new group, the Save Burnet Road Coalition. The group of homeowners and local business owners is organizing to stop the Onondaga County Industrial Development Authority (OCIDA) from destroying a multi-generational rural neighborhood in order to expand … Continue reading New York residents fight to defend their homes from government-connected developers

New class-action lawsuit aims to end for-profit prosecutions in Indiana

A new federal class action lawsuit from the Institute for Justice (IJ) aims to end a corrosive feature of Indiana’s civil-forfeiture system: the practice of giving private lawyers a personal financial stake in forfeiture prosecutions. Unlike every other state in the nation, Indiana outsources forfeiture prosecutions to private lawyers on a “contingency fee” basis. Forfeit … Continue reading New class-action lawsuit aims to end for-profit prosecutions in Indiana

Appeals court bizarrely rules federal agents can legally threaten to shoot people over personal disputes

This legal fight started for Kevin on February 2, 2019, when he was at a restaurant asking questions about a drunk driving car crash that injured the mother of Kevin’s child. There, Kevin encountered the father of the driver involved in the crash—Department of Homeland Security Agent Ray Lamb. Displeased that Kevin was asking questions that could get his son into trouble, Agent Lamb resolved to stop Kevin. With his gun drawn, Lamb jumped out of a truck, yelling that he would “put a bullet through” Kevin’s “f—ing skull” and “blow his head off.” At the time, Kevin was in his car, getting ready to leave the restaurant. The agent tried to enter Kevin’s car by hitting the driver’s side window with his gun. Failing to break through, Lamb tried to shoot Kevin, but his gun malfunctioned.