Locke v. Shore

Date: August 11, 2011

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

NFIB joined a lawsuit that challenged a Florida law that prohibits people from practicing interior design unless they first get the government’s permission.  The law requires that they spend six years and thousands of dollars jumping through the arbitrary hoops of Florida’s interior design licensing law.  In March 2011, the appellate court upheld a district court ruling that found the regulation constitutional.  The ruling comes despite admissions by the state that there is no evidence that the unlicensed practice of interior design poses any threat to the public.

Status:  DECIDED. Court upheld the regulation on 3/2/11. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is planned.

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