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September 15, 2011

IJ Files Petition in U.S. Supreme Court re Florida Interior Design Legal Challenge

It’s not over until. . . well, you know.

Today the Institute for Justice has filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court to appeal the decision of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and attempt to overturn Florida’s unconstitutional interior design law.  This is an important case in the defense of free speech.

“Virtually everything an interior designer does—from consulting with clients about their personal tastes, to making design drawings, to giving advice—is just speech,” said IJ Senior Attorney Clark Neily in today’s press release.  “The First Amendment prohibits the government from requiring aspiring interior designers to get a license before they can offer harmless advice to their customers.”

“IDPC attorney, Robert Kry, will be filing another amicus brief on behalf of the Interior Design Protection Council in support of the Institute for Justice petition,” said Patti Morrow, director of IDPC.  “Florida’s anti-competitive, unnecessary interior design law cannot stand.  We will do everything possible to support IJ’s efforts to re-establish freedom to design in Florida.”


  1. As usual, the Institute for Justice has done a superlative job presenting solid arguments. Many thanks to you Patti for keeping us informed and following up so beautifully on this worthy cause.

    Comment by Pat Levenson — September 15, 2011 @ 10:19 pm |Reply

  2. Yesssss! I would love to see IJ win this one.

    Comment by elizabeth bennett — September 15, 2011 @ 10:30 pm |Reply

  3. Since there is no basis in fact for this law, it would be amazing if the Supreme Court did not overturn it.
    Jayne Rosen
    Liberty for Pa Designers

    Comment by Jayne Rosen — September 16, 2011 @ 12:05 pm |Reply

  4. Hmm I don’t know too much about what Interior Designers do, but it seems that everything is based on knowledge right? So how is that an arguement that “everything…is just speech” ?
    I may be wrong but as a kitchen consultant we require knowledge before I am even allowed with clients.
    Just my opinion however.

    Jaime L. Cleveland

    Comment by Jamie L. Cleveland — October 3, 2011 @ 3:10 pm |Reply

    • Jaime — did you take the time to read the legal briefs? Your question is answered in great detail in the IJ brief. You can also find additional information in the amicus brief that IDPC filed last year, available here:

      The IDPC brief is easy to read and provides detailed explanations and facts.

      Thanks for your interest in this issue.

      Patti Morrow/IDPC Director

      Comment by IDPC — October 3, 2011 @ 4:08 pm |Reply

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