Entrepreneurs’ Rights

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Federal Court Victory: Forbidding More Than Three People from Living Together Violates Ohio Constitution

Ohio cities violate property rights by using zoning to prohibit more than three unrelated people from living in the same home Bowling Green, OH – A federal court late Friday, agreeing with arguments made by the 1851 Center for Constitutional…
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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…
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Federal Court Approves Class Action on Ohio City's Illegal Home Inspections

Legal Center: Fees that City's homeowners were forced to pay to fund unconstitutional "point of sale" inspections must now be returned Cleveland, OH - A federal court certified a class action lawsuit against the City of Bedford, Ohio, explaining…
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Federal Court: Cities' Rental Licensing and Inspection Requirements Unconstitutional

Fourth Amendment secures property rights of landlords from unlawful searches and occupational licensing regulations in Ohio and nationwide Columbus, OH – The Southern District of Ohio ruled that the City of Portsmouth’s occupational licensing…
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Federal Court: Ohio Precious Metals Dealers Licensing Scheme Unconstitutional

Act regulates business in response to constitutionally-protected advertising, and prohibits legitimate purchases of gold and silver Columbus, OH – A federal court late yesterday ruled that Ohio’s regulatory scheme governing those purchasing…
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Drees Company v. Hamilton Township

Ohio Townships do not have the power to levy taxes.  That's why they call them "fees." This case argues that "fees" on new homeowners and developers are really taxes and are unconstitutional. Timeline February 14, 2011 - 1851 Center Files…
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Pour House Inc., v. Ohio Department of Health

A victory came on October 19, 2009 for Ohio bars and restaurants facing fines for breaking the state smoking ban. Up to that point, enforcement methods essentially required small businesses to enforce the smoking ban for the government. The…