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.

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...

Pelican Institute Speaks Out in Favor of Free Speech Rights in IRS Testimony

Pelican Institute Speaks Out in Favor of Free Speech Rights in IRS Testimony

On Friday, Eric Peterson, director of policy for the Pelican Institute, testified in favor of a rule change the IRS is considering regarding non-profits and free speech. If the rule change was implemented, supporters of most non-profit organizations would no longer have their personal information, such as their home address, collected by the IRS. In...

Pelican Institute Releases Agenda for the Constitutional Convention Forum

Pelican Institute Releases Agenda for the Constitutional Convention Forum

Today, the Pelican Institute for Public Policy released the jam-packed agenda for its upcoming Constitutional Convention Forum on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Capacity is strictly limited, so reserve your spot today! The forum will kick off with lunch beginning at 11:30 am followed by an afternoon...

Louisiana Shouldn’t Force Its Lawyers to Pay for Speech They Don’t Support

Louisiana Shouldn’t Force Its Lawyers to Pay for Speech They Don’t Support

August 1, 2019 By Jacob Huebert, James Baehr, and Dane S. Ciolino The First Amendment guarantees every American’s freedom of speech and freedom of association. That means we all get to choose what we will and won’t say, and what groups we will and won’t join. It also means we all get to decide to...

By Editor

Janus One Year Later: What’s Changed?

Janus One Year Later: What’s Changed?

It’s hard to believe that a full year has passed since one man from a small town in Illinois substantially expanded freedom for public workers across the country. On that fateful day in 2018, Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, emerged victorious from the Supreme Court....

Louisiana Equal Pay Bill Could Have Unintended Consequences

Louisiana Equal Pay Bill Could Have Unintended Consequences

While preventing pay discrimination is a laudable goal, legislators should consider the various factors contributing to the wage gap and the possible unintended consequences of the law before approving this bill.

The Case for Tort Reform in Louisiana

The Case for Tort Reform in Louisiana

If Louisiana wants to lower its cost of living, attract more businesses and ultimately improve its economy as a whole, tort reform is necessary. These simple reforms are nothing radical. They would simply bring Louisiana up to speed with the rest of the nation.

By Sarah Harbison

A Balanced Courtroom Needs a Full Jury Box

A Balanced Courtroom Needs a Full Jury Box

In recognition of the thousands of Louisianans who have committed their time to a jury and helped to preserve this right, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch celebrates May 11 through May 15, 2015, as Jury Appreciation Week.

By Robert Ross

Five Years After Deepwater, Victims Still Struggle to Receive Claims

Five Years After Deepwater, Victims Still Struggle to Receive Claims

Nearly five years after the disaster, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch took a close look at where all the money from the BP settlement is going and asked the critical question: Who is benefiting most from the unprecedented class action settlement set up to compensate victims in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill?

By Robert Ross

Guest Commentary: Oil Spill Settlement Makes Lawyers, Administrators Rich While Disaster Victims Await Payments

Guest Commentary: Oil Spill Settlement Makes Lawyers, Administrators Rich While Disaster Victims Await Payments

BATON ROUGE, LA- Nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a legal watchdog group is calling into question who is benefiting most from the unprecedented class action settlement set up to compensate victims in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill. “Class action lawsuits are notorious for producing highly...

By Margaret Viator