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Iligan v. Ungacta

Motion For Leave To File And Brief Of Amici Curiae The National Federation Of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center; Cato Institute; Goldwater Institute, et al., In Support Of Petition For Writ Of Certiorari (January 7, 2013)

One of the biggest dangers of not providing adequate constitutional protections for private property is that public officials can misuse their power to take property for private gains. Government actors, after all, have an…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential
Horne v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Brief For The CATO Institute, National Federation Of Independent Business, Center For Constitutional Jurisprudence, And Reason Foundation As Amici Curiae In Support Of Petitioners

Long-time California raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne have been forced to experience firsthand the costs that America’s regulatory state imposes on entrepreneurs, especially innovative members of the agriculture industry…more
| Agriculture, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law
Shelby County v. Holder

Brief of Amicus Curiae Cato Institute In Support of Petitioner

It is long past time to declare victory over Jim Crow and move on to a healthier stage of race relations, particularly with respect to how the American people elect their government representatives. This term the Supreme Court…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics
Spirit Airlines v. U.S. Dep’t of Transportation

Brief Of Amici Curiae CATO Institute And The National Federation Of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center In Support Of The Petitioners

It is axiomatic that the freedom of speech is vitally important to our democratic society and that being able to criticize the government is at the core of this freedom. Yet government officials are constantly inventing new ways…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Transportation
Nelson v. City of Rochester

Motion For Leave To File And Brief Of Amici Curiae CATO Institute, Reason Foundation, Minnesota Free Market Institute, And Libertarian Law Council In Support Of Petitioners

A person’s home is his castle and thus affords certain protections and immunities — including the right to exclude unwanted visitors — that apply whether you own or rent. Unfortunately, ordinances authorizing general…more
| Constitutional Law, Privacy, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
PPL Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Brief For Southeastern Legal Foundation, Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, CATO Institute, et al, As Amici Curiae In Support of Petitioners

PPL, an American energy company, bought one of many state-owned British utilities privatized in the 1980s. In 1997, PPL became subject to the U.K.’s new “windfall tax,” which was based in part on “profit-making value”— the…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Taxation
City of Arlington v. FCC

Brief Of Amici Curiae CATO Institute, Professors Jonathan H. Adler, Roederick M. Hills, Jr., James Huffman, Daniel A. Lyons, Andrew P. Morriss, Nathan A. Sales, And David Schoenbrod In Support Of Petitioners

Should federal agencies be allowed to determine the limits of their own authority, or are the courts responsible for ensuring that agencies do not exceed the authority given to them by Congress? This important question is…more
| Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics
Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District

Brief Of Amici Curiae Institute For Justice And The CATO Institute In Support Of Petitioner

Coy Koontz, a Florida land owner, was denied a permit to develop his commercial property because he would not agree to use his money and labor to improve 50 acres of government-owned land miles away from his land. Improving this…more
| Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Commercial
Hettinga v. United States

Brief Of The CATO Institute And Institute For Justice As Amici Curiae In Support Of Petitioners

Hein and Ellen Hettinga are dairy farmers ("producers" under the law at issue) as well as processors and distributors of milk ("handlers") doing business in Arizona and California. Under a federal pricing and pooling arrangement…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law
Gabelli v. SEC,

Brief Of The CATO Institute As Amicus Curiae In Support Of Petitioners

Statutes of limitations exist for good reason: Over time, evidence can be corrupted or disappear, memories fade, and companies dispose of records. Moreover, people want to get on with their lives and not have legal battles from…more
| Administrative Law, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Securities Law
Nat'l Assoc. of Optometrists & Opticians v Harris

Brief Of Amici Curiae Opticians Association Of America; CATO Institute; Kevin H. Tran, O.D.; Jessica Rachel Totten, O.D.; Antonio Moran, O.D.; Bei Zhang, O.D.; And Mehri Moshtaghi, O.D., In Support Of Petition For Writ Of Certiorari

The National Association of Optometrists & Opticians represents eyewear manufacturers and distributors in California, where state officials have been myopic with respect to business regulation. Under California's Business and…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law
The Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles

Brief Of The CATO Institute As Amicus Curiae In Support Of The Petitioner

To discourage plaintiffs' lawyers from trying to keep class-action lawsuits in state courts that have a reputation for trial awards and settlements that benefit those same lawyers, Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act…more
| Civil Procedure
Elane Photography v. Willock

Motion For Leave To File Brief Of Amici Curiae - The CATO Institute, Prof. Dale Carpenter, And Prof. Eugene Volokh

Elane Photography, a Christian-identified business in Albuquerque, declined to photograph Vanessa Willock's same-sex commitment ceremony based on the business owners' personal beliefs. New Mexico law prohibits any refusal to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law
Wheaton College v. Sebelius and Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius

Brief Of Amici Curiae Center For Constitutional Jurisprudence, American Civil Rights Union, And CATO Institute In Support Of Plaintiffs-Appellants And Reversal Of The Trial Court

In January, when the Department of Health and Human Services announced that qualifying health insurance plans under Obamacare would have to cover contraceptives and "morning after" pills, many religious institutions — most…more
| Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Education, Health, Insurance
Hall v. Sebelius

Brief of the CATO Institute as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners

When Brian Hall, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and other over-65 retirees requested to opt out of Medicare's hospital insurance coverage (because they preferred their existing private coverage), the Social Security…more
| Administrative Law, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Health, Insurance
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