• FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT Maurice A. Thompson (614) 340-9817                                                                                                                                                                                                          MThompson@OhioConstitution.org Sixth Circuit: State Cannot Inspect Ohioans’

  • Rampant Eminent Domain Abuse Continues Throughout Rural Ohio; However, Ohioans Have Legal Defenses Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law  moved to counter the aggressive legal actions taken by Texas Eastern Transmission, a private Texas pipeline corporation, against Ohioans Roger and Lana Barack of Belmont County, alongside hundreds of other Ohio landowners. The Barack family's opposition takes aim at abusive eminent domain practices frequently used by private out-of-state corporations to seize Ohioans property by force, and without legitimate compensation. More specifically, the 1851 Center's opposition asserts the following: Recent federal court decisions reaffirm and revitalize the principle that Congress may not delegate its power, including the power to seize property, to purely private companies: taking of Ohioans property

  • Act regulates business in response to constitutionally-protected advertising, and prohibits legitimate purchases of gold and silver, but Sixth Circuit bungled ruling Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Pacific Legal Foundation petitioned the United States Supreme Court to stop enforcement of the "Ohio Precious Metals Dealers Act" against Ohio businesses because the Act imposes onerous regulations in response to advertising protected by the First Amendment. The legal action is filed on behalf of Liberty Coins, a Delaware, Ohio coin dealer ordered by the Ohio Department of Commerce to cease all advertising indicating that it purchases gold and silver and all actual purchases of gold and silver, and threatened with a $10,000 fine and jail time if

  • Court considers whether to protect Ohio business owners' right to advertise and sustain invalidation of burdensome regulation of coin dealers Cincinnati, OH - The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Ohio Precious Metal Dealer Act, which imposes strict limits on precious metals purchasers and businesses in Ohio. Through vigorous enforcement of the Act, the Ohio Department of Commerce had threatened to shut down many Ohio small businesses. However, the Act was enjoined in its entirety by a federal court in December of 2012. The ruling, made by Judge Watson of the Columbus division of the Southern District of Ohio, paved the way for Ohio businesses, most prominently coin dealers, to resume purchases of

  • Stalled in Committee after 1851 Testimony, Bill would permit sharing of "any information" to law enforcement, if not amended Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law took action that stalled passage of Senate Bill 5, legislation that, if enacted, would permit warrantless acquisition, by state and local law enforcement, of Ohioans' travels and cell phone communications. The fast-tracked Bill, which passed 32-1 in the Ohio Senate and was poised to be voted out of its House committee voted on by the entire House on June 19, and enacted into law within a matter of days, received almost no public or media scrutiny until the 1851 Center's involvement. In his testimony before the House Committee on Transportation Public Safety

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