Center for Justice

The Pelican Center for Justice is dedicated to advancing pro-freedom litigation to ensure the rights of Louisiana’s working families are protected. Aggressively litigious, anti-freedom special interests are using the courtroom to fight policy battles, which makes defending the rights of citizens all the more important. Now, more than ever, Louisiana needs liberty-focused strategic litigation, and the Pelican Center for Justice is working tirelessly to ensure the freedoms of all Louisianans are intact.

Ascension Parish Business Owner Sues Biden Administration over Vaccine Mandate

Ascension Parish Business Owner Sues Biden Administration over Vaccine Mandate

The Biden administration published an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that requires every worker at a private employer with over 100 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. The Pelican Institute and Liberty Justice Center immediately filed a lawsuit to challenge this unprecedented and illegal mandate. We represent Brandon Trosclair, an Ascension...

By Sarah Harbison

RELEASE: Lawsuit Filed to Stop Federal Vaccine Mandate

RELEASE: Lawsuit Filed to Stop Federal Vaccine Mandate

In a historic fight to stop government overreach, a Louisiana business owner and remote workers from Texas sue to halt OSHA vaccine rule NEW ORLEANS — A prominent Louisiana business owner and a group of remote workers from Texas have filed a federal lawsuit to strike down the Biden Administration’s illegal vaccine mandate on private sector...

By Ryan Roberts

Legal Analysis: Year Two of the Pandemic

Legal Analysis: Year Two of the Pandemic

Throughout 2020, elected officials and public health departments issued a variety of emergency orders to stop or slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These orders included stay at home orders, business closures, and capacity limitations. Unfortunately, these measures abridged personal liberties and damaged-even destroyed-businesses and livelihoods. Many courts allowed these orders to stand because...

By Sarah Harbison

First Amendment Update from the U.S. Supreme Court

First Amendment Update from the U.S. Supreme Court

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of the most anticipated decisions of the October 2020 Term, Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta. The Court held that a California regulation requiring non-profit organizations to disclose the names of their donors violates the First Amendment right to free association. At issue in...

By Sarah Harbison

Victory at the Fifth Circuit

Victory at the Fifth Circuit

VICTORY! Today, the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Randy Boudreaux’s First Amendment challenge to the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) compelled dues payments and mandatory bar membership can proceed. The Pelican Center for Justice, along with Dane Ciolino and the Goldwater Institute, represent Mr. Boudreaux in the case. Writing for the Court, Judge Don...

By Sarah Harbison

Should Bar Associations be Able to Use Mandatory Dues for Lobbying?

Should Bar Associations be Able to Use Mandatory Dues for Lobbying?

What do volunteer dental hygienists, civics classes, and midwives have to do with the legal profession? It’s not a trick question. The answer is, “nothing.” However, that did not stop the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) from using mandatory membership dues to advocate for or against legislation related to those topics. Since at least 2007,...

By Sarah Harbison

The Pelican Center for Justice Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief to Uphold Property Rights

The Pelican Center for Justice Submits an Amicus Curiae Brief to Uphold Property Rights

Last Spring, we shared the story of Peyman Pakdel, an Ohio small business owner who hoped to one day retire to San Francisco with his wife, Sima Chegini. Mr.Pakdel is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider his case and the Pelican Center for Justice submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of his...

By Sarah Harbison

Pelican weighs in on major SCOTUS property rights case

Pelican weighs in on major SCOTUS property rights case

by Sarah Harbison, general counsel, Pelican Institute In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, a case challenging a California regulation that allows union organizers to trespass on private property and interrupt business operations. Last week, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Justice was pleased...

By Sarah Harbison

Update on Louisiana Emergency Declaration Lawsuit

Update on Louisiana Emergency Declaration Lawsuit

by Sarah Harbison, general counsel, Pelican Institute On Monday, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling in Gov. John Bel Edwards v. Louisiana State Legislature, et al. The court vacated the district court’s ruling that the statute authorizing the legislature’s petition to terminate the governor’s public health emergency order was unconstitutional and sent the case...

By Sarah Harbison

Is SCOTUS turning the corner on COVID-19 restrictions?

Is SCOTUS turning the corner on COVID-19 restrictions?

by Sarah Harbison, General Counsel at the Pelican Institute As many of us were completing our Thanksgiving Day meal prep on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary injunction against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order limiting religious service attendance. The ruling is something Louisiana lawmakers and citizens alike should take...

By Sarah Harbison

Pelican Files Brief in California Property Rights Case

Pelican Files Brief in California Property Rights Case

What if the government forced you to rent out property you own to a virtual stranger for his or her lifetime? The Pelican Institute’s Center for Justice recently filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Peyman Pakdel’s petition for rehearing en banc pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit implicates the...

LSBA Bill Opposition Spotlights Organization’s Free Speech Issues and Pending Lawsuit

LSBA Bill Opposition Spotlights Organization’s Free Speech Issues and Pending Lawsuit

On Tuesday, as the Louisiana Legislature’s Committee on Civil Law heard testimony on the most highly anticipated bill of the session, legislators and spectators alike were surprised to see a representative of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) testifying in opposition to it. HB 9, the Omnibus Premium Reduction Act of 2020, is part of...

By Sarah Harbison

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

The very idea of needing a license to speak is shocking to most Americans. After all, most Americans know the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees us the right to speak our minds. Yet despite this constitutional guarantee, there are state officials around the country claiming that in order to speak in some contexts, you...