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Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
There continues to be a growing and dangerous trend by federal and state authorities to violate business civil liberties and criminalize honest business activities when more appropriate administrative and civil remedies are available. WLF aggressively fights for economic rights and commercial free speech, and vigorously opposes wrongful criminal prosecution of free enterprise.

WLF activities target government enforcement practices by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Sentencing Commission, State Attorneys General, and state and federal regulatory agencies.
Cases in this Project:
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re: Proposed FCC Rule on Protecting Privacy
Case Date: 5/27/2016
DeCoster v. United States
Case Date: 7/27/2015
 
Horne v. U.S. Dep't of Agriculture
Case Date: 3/10/2015
FTC v. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, LLC
Case Date: 10/14/2014
Esquenazi v. United States
Case Date: 9/11/2014
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re: FTC Investigation of Patent Assertion Entities
Case Date: 4/4/2013
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re FTC Proceedings Against Motorola Mobility and Google
Case Date: 2/22/2013
 
 
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. FDA
Case Date: 9/16/2011
In re Food Marketing to Children
Case Date: 7/15/2011
 
White & Case LLP v. United States
Case Date: 4/20/2011
 
United States v. Rubashkin
Case Date: 1/10/2011
In re: EU Tobacco Products Directive
Case Date: 12/22/2010
 
King v. United States
Case Date: 5/13/2010
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re: Australia Tobacco Packaging Restrictions
Case Date: 2/26/2010
Dillon v. United States
Case Date: 1/27/2010
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re FDA Regulation of Modified Risk Tobacco Products
Case Date: 9/29/2009
 
 
Evertson v. United States
Case Date: 7/21/2009
 
Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc.
Case Date: 7/13/2009
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Financial Accounting Standards Board
Case Date: 8/8/2008
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Federal Acquisition Regulations
Case Date: 7/15/2008
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re SEC "Naked" Short Selling Proposed Rule
Case Date: 5/20/2008
Regulatory Proceeding:
Special Report: Federal Erosion of Business Civil Liberties
Case Date: 5/1/2008
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Alcohol Beverage Labels
Case Date: 1/25/2008
United States v. Stein
Case Date: 1/23/2008
SmithKline Beecham Corp v. PTO
Case Date: 12/27/2007
 
Nacchio v. United States
Case Date: 10/18/2007
United States v. Hagerman
Case Date: 10/18/2007
 
United States v. Philip Morris USA
Case Date: 8/17/2007
Gall v. United States
Case Date: 7/26/2007
Vidrine v. United States
Case Date: 7/23/2007
Regulatory Proceeding:
Petition to DOJ To Stop Environment Prosecution Abuse
Case Date: 7/12/2007
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re FTC Regulation of Endorsements and Testimonials
Case Date: 6/18/2007
Regulatory Proceeding:
WLF Petitions EPA to Revise Criminal Enforcement Policy
Case Date: 6/12/2007
Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Engida
Case Date: 6/1/2007
United States v. Stringer
Case Date: 1/30/2007
United States v. Caputo
Case Date: 1/16/2007
 
 
Doe v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Case Date: 5/5/2006
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Preserving Evidence at Chemical Accident Sites
Case Date: 3/6/2006
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Proposed Rule on the Nutrient Content Claim "Lean"
Case Date: 2/8/2006
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Word-of-Mouth Marketing
Case Date: 2/2/2006
DaimlerChrysler v. Cuno
Case Date: 12/5/2005
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Alcohol Labeling Restrictions
Case Date: 9/26/2005
In re Tobacco Cases II
Case Date: 9/14/2005
Franklin Savings v. United States
Case Date: 2/25/2005
 
Arthur Andersen v. United States
Case Date: 12/8/2004
RUI One Corp. v. City of Berkeley
Case Date: 12/4/2004
 
MGM Studios v. Grokster
Case Date: 11/8/2004
Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Ass'n
Case Date: 10/15/2004
Thurston v. United States
Case Date: 7/26/2004
 
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Television Product Placement
Case Date: 3/26/2004
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Shewry
Case Date: 12/16/2003
Regulatory Proceeding:
Revisions to SEC "Wells Process."
Case Date: 11/24/2003
Alliant Energy Corp. v. Bridge
Case Date: 11/17/2003
Regulatory Proceeding:
FOIA Requests re: Agency Abuse
Case Date: 10/6/2003
 
Regulatory Proceeding:
Report Analyzing Constitutionality of Tobacco Legislation
Case Date: 9/24/2003
Regulatory Proceeding:
In re Commercial Activity by Postal Service
Case Date: 1/30/2003
United States Tobacco Co. v. Conwood
Case Date: 11/20/2002
Nike, Inc. v. Kasky
Case Date: 11/15/2002
Overfelt v. McCaskill
Case Date: 6/10/2002
Knott v. United States
Case Date: 2/19/2002
Gerawan Farming, Inc. v. Lyons
Case Date: 6/1/2001
Philip Morris Inc. v. Reilly
Case Date: 5/22/2001
Frankl v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Case Date: 11/22/2000
Palazzo v. Rhode Island
Case Date: 11/22/2000
Lorillard Tobacco Co. v. Reilly
Case Date: 11/16/2000
Greater New York v. Giuliani
Case Date: 7/3/1998
Hudson v. United States
Case Date: 6/26/1997

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