Category Archives: Legal

The Greenhouse Gas Lawsuit Explained: What is at Stake and Why Does it Matter?

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments on an important environmental case. The lawsuit concerns the propriety of new EPA regulations that NFIB and other industry groups contend were illegally adopted. Specifically the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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NY Small Business Cheers Decision on Soda Ban

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the country’s leading advocate for small business owners, today applauded the decision by a state appeals court to overturn New York City’s controversial ban on soda. “The ban on soda was clearly an … Continue reading

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Background-Check Policies under Scrutiny – Feds Sue over Criminal Checks

Concerns over workplace security and skyrocketing litigation costs have made pre-employment background checks an essential tool for many businesses – large and small. According to a 2010 survey the Society for Human Resource Management some 92% of employers use criminal-background … Continue reading

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NFIB Legal Center is batting 1000 in the Supreme Court this week!

At the beginning of the week, we were waiting anxiously for three cases with potential to impact small business. On Monday we received two of those decisions—both victories. And Tuesday morning we received the third—another win! Here is the recap: … Continue reading

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Friends in High Places: NFIB Small Business Legal Center Gains Historic Supreme Court Ranking

Thirteen years ago, NFIB established a new foundation, built to fight for small business in the nation’s courts. We knew that more and more battles of great importance to our membership were being waged there, so we set a course … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Holds No Permit Required for Storm-Water Run-Off

What ever happened to common sense? It seems we find ourselves asking this question these days with all of the madness in Washington. But the good news is that there is at least some sense left in the Supreme Court, … Continue reading

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Alcohol and Mistletoe: A Dangerous Mix for Small Business Holiday Parties

December’s holidays can be the “most wonderful time of year,” but smart small-business employers will keep a tight rein on “mistletoeing and hearts that are glowing.” Otherwise, they could find their carefully hung stockings jammed with nasty lawsuits and hefty … Continue reading

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Can Government Hold Your Permit Application Hostage?

Florence Dolan ran a plumbing and electric supply store in Tigard, Oregon—a suburb of Portland. Like many other small business owners, she had plans to expand her store. But, she hit a brick wall when seeking the necessary approvals. This … Continue reading

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Cutting Through Regulatory Nonsense – Legal Center Fights Senseless City Ordinance in in California Court

Red-tape is simply maddening. If you run a business, you know what this means. It seems like government bureaucrats insist on regulating anything and everything—if it moves, they regulate it. But, the NFIB Legal Center and NFIB work hard to … Continue reading

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Flooding with impunity: Can government destroy private property without paying compensation?

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States. The NFIB Legal Center filed in the case because it raises an important issue impacting small business property rights. The question is whether … Continue reading

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