Entries by 1851 Center for Constitutional Law

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Lawsuit: Ohio Ban on “Non-Essential Business” Unconstitutional

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2020 Legal Center:  Ohio Ban on “Non-Essential Business” Unconstitutional Without hearings where the State justifies its decisions, the ban violates Due Process Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today moved to enjoin the Ohio Department of Health from continuing to enforce its criminalization of “non-essential business,” as […]


Columbus Historic District Fines Unconstitutional

Ohio cities violate private property rights when they criminalize landscaping and gardening Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has filed an action in federal court on behalf of a Columbus couple threatened with 60 days in jail and fines of $100 per day after landscaping their front yard. Bryden Road couple Drew Stevens and […]

Prohibiting Undercover Reporting on Political Campaigns Violates Constitution

Legal Center: Ohio law violates non-profit journalists’ right to investigative and report on political campaigns Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today moved to enjoin an Ohio statute that forbids undercover investigation of political campaigns by nonprofit journalists. The legal action was brought on behalf of Project Veritas, a national nonprofit investigative […]

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Ohio Cities Cannot Prohibit Use of Security Alarms

Cincinnati’s “alarm tax” violates homeowners’ right to communicate, freedom from double-taxation The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has moved to invalidate a municipal ordinance that forbids homeowners from protecting themselves with a home security alarm unless they first pay a punitive tax to the City of Cincinnati. The legal action against the City of Cincinnati […]

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Victory: Ohio Cities’ “Pre-Sale” Home Inspections and Fees Unconstitutional

City of Oakwood violated homeowners Fourth Amendment rights through sweeping city-wide  home inspection requirements and must now return in section fees to all affected homeowners February 9, 2018: Dayton, OH – A federal court late yesterday declared unconstitutional the City of Oakwood’s pre-sale inspections mandates – – mandates requiring homeowners to obtain and pass thorough […]

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Sixth Circuit: State Cannot Inspect Ohioans’ Business Records without Warrant

Fourth Amendment prohibits state’s mandate making all business records “available at all times” to state agents January 22, 2018: Columbus, OH – A federal circuit court late yesterday ruled that Ohio’s policies demanding private business records – – without a warrant or any evidence of wrongdoing – – violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection from unreasonable […]