Jon Guze

Director of Legal Studies

Posts by Jon Guze (page 78)

  • An Ensemble Performance by the Texas Supreme Court

    Last Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. This was another great win for the Institute for Justice, which described the case in a press release: The case began in 2008, when TDLR suddenly decided that eyebrow threading—a traditional South Asian practice that uses only cotton thread to remove eyebrow hair—required the same license that conventional cosmetologists need for techniques like waxing, makeup and chemical peels. TDLR issued $2,000 penalties to threaders across the state and ordered them to quit their jobs until they completed coursework in private beauty schools costing between $7,000 and $22,000. None of this coursework is required to address eyebrow threading and the state’s cosmetology examinations do not require any knowledge of threading. “Today’s decision is crystal clear: The government can’t make you do useless things to keep your job,” said lead attorney Wesley Hottot…. “The Texas Constitution protects everyone’s right to pursue the occupation of their choice without unreasonable government interference. State officials can’t just meddle with people’s ability to go to work and support their families. Regulations must have reasons.” “I am overjoyed,” said Ash Patel, a plaintiff in the case and the owner of an eyebrow threading business that was forced to close its doors…. “All I ever wanted was a fair chance to pursue my American Dream, … and now I can.” In addition to being a good result for the parties and for the cause of freedom, the Court's opinion is noteworthy because of the way it deals with the "due course of law" provision of the Texas Constitution. Taken together, the majority's opinion and the various dissents and concurrences provide a fascinating dialogue in which the history and the future of economic rights and their protection under federal and state law are thoroughly discussed.
    Jon Guze, July 2, 2015
  • Supreme Court Accepts Mandatory Dues Case

    At, Robby Soave reports that: In a move that likely signals a willingness to deprive teachers unions of the power to collect compulsory fees, the Supreme Court has decided to hear a case challenging the practice next fall. On Tuesday, the Court announced that…
    Jon Guze, June 30, 2015
  • LegalZoom Takes the Offensive In North Carolina

    I’ve written before about the State Bar’s attempts at preventing LegalZoom from offering its online self-help legal services in North Carolina. Now, LegalZoom has turned the tables by filing a complaint against the Bar asking for damanges and injuctive relielf. As the Wall Street Journal reports: In the latest development,…
    Jon Guze, June 29, 2015
  • Great Win for Free Speech (and Property Rights)

    The Institute for Justice announced today that: The U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judgment that had allowed the city of Norfolk, Va. to suppress a banner protesting the government’s illegal attempt to seize private property by eminent domain….
    Jon Guze, June 29, 2015
  • Commentary on King v. Burwell

    Take your pick, they’re all good: George Will Jonathan Adler Elizabeth Price Foley Josh Blackman Yuval Levin Ilya Shapiro Roger Pilon Michael Cannon Oren Kerr But if you only have time for one, read Justice Scalia’s blistering dissent: Perhaps the…
    Jon Guze, June 26, 2015
  • Federal Asset Forfeiture in NC Continues

    As I reported last week, North Carolina’s asset forfeiture policy is one of the very best in the country. However, that doesn’t mean North Carolinians don’t have to worry about asset forfeiture abuse. Despite the reforms announced in January, the Department of Justice’s continues its agressive forfeiture program, and North Carolinians have…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2015
  • More Criticism of the Wells Report

    Statisticians love to apply their science to sports, of course. Nevertheless, you may be surprized by the way three scholars at the American Enterprise Institute deploy an elaborate statistical analysis to reach a simple conclusion regarding the “Deflategate” conroversy: The evidence we present points to a simple—and innocent—explanation for the change…
    Jon Guze, June 23, 2015
  • Jury Award in the “Case of the Devious Defecators”

    The Volokh Conspiracy reports that: Yesterday, in what U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg dubbed “the case of devious defecators,” jurors awarded $2.25 million dollars to Jack Lowe and Dennis Reynolds for the harm they suffered from having their DNA unlawfully obtained by their employers, Atlas Logistics Retail…
    Jon Guze, June 23, 2015