Federal Trade Commission v. Daniel Chapter One A Story of Government Suppression of Alternative Medicine

Michael Harless Health Law, Publications

Bill Olson and Herb Titus wrote “Federal Trade Commission v. Daniel Chapter One, A Story of Government Suppression of Alternative Medicine” which covers our firms representation of Daniel Chapter One, a historical perspective of the attack on alternative medicine, the federal assault on dietary supplements and alternative medicine, the story of Daniel Chapter One, and the litigation proceedings of the FTC’s abusive campaign against Daniel Chapter One. Read More

Articles on Iowa Supreme Court’s Opinion Purporting to Redefine Marriage to Include Same-Sex Couples

Michael Harless Publications

Herb Titus recently wrote two “op ed” articles arguing that the Iowa Governor has a constitutional duty not to enforce the Iowa Supreme Court’s opinion that the state constitution requires that the state’s law defining marriage must be redefined to include same-sex couples.

April 24, 2009 in the Des Moines Register

May 3, 2009 in the Sioux City Journal

BATF Firearm Civil Forfeiture Procedures and Policies: An Attorney’s Guide

Michael Harless Administrative Law, Firearms Law, Publications

On behalf of Gun Owners Foundation, our firm authored “BATF Firearm Civil Forfeiture Procedures and Policies: An Attorney’s Guide” on July 4, 2007. The guide is intended to provide a procedural overview for attorneys unfamiliar with civil forfeiture law as it applies to firearms, including what to expect from the BATF, and how to go about recovering seized assets.
This manual has been revised as of January 30, 2009. Read More

The Constitutional Case Against Congressional ‘Earmarks’

Michael Harless Publications

The unconstitutional practice of congressional earmarks as a violation of the separation of powers and the prohibition against titles of nobility was the topic of an article by Herb Titus, published in the April 2008 issue of the Perspective, a monthly public policy journal of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, headquartered in Oklahoma City.

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BATF Firearm Civil Forfeiture Procedures and Policies: An Attorney’s Guide

Michael Harless Administrative Law, Firearms Law, Publications

On behalf of Gun Owners Foundation, our firm authored “BATF Firearm Civil Forfeiture Procedures and Policies: An Attorney’s Guide.” The guide is intended to provide a procedural overview for attorneys unfamiliar with civil forfeiture law as it applies to firearms, including what to expect from the BATF, and how to go about recovering seized assets.
This manual has been revised as of January 30, 2009. Read More

Firm’s FOIA Litigation Against Social Security Administration Leads to Release of U.S. – Mexico Totalization Agreement

Michael Harless FOIA Law, Publications

In response to our firm’s still-pending FOIA lawsuit on behalf of TREA Senior Citizens League (TSCL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) finally released the “U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement,” hand-delivering it to the firm in late December 2006.

This is the first known release of the Mexican Totalization Agreement to the public.  Previously even members of Congress have been denied access to this Agreement.  The Agreement now can be downloaded from this link:http://www.lawandfreedom/site/publications/us_mex_tot_agreement.pdf Read More

Paper Demonstrates Threat to Second Amendment Rights Posed by Recent Supreme Court Reliance on International Law

Michael Harless Publications

In July, 2006, our firm prepared a paper entitled “Assessing the Threat to Second Amendment Rights Posed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Use of Foreign Law In Constitutional Interpretation”  which was published by Gun Owners Foundation.

The paper critically analyzes two recent Supreme Court cases (Roper v.Simmons, and Lawrence v. Texas) in which the Court has relied on international law to sustain constitutional challenges.  In Roper, the Court overturned a Missouri law permitting capital punishment for 16 and 17 year olds, and in Lawrence, the Court overturned a Texas law prohibiting certain homosexual acts primarily because of foreign authorities.  Additionally, the paper reviews the pros and cons of relying on such foreign sources in other areas.  Recently, the United Nations has been pursuing a goal of eliminating all private ownership of firearms world-wide. Read More

Birthright Citizenship Study Re-Released: “Children Born in the United States to Aliens Should Not, by Constitutional Right, Be U.S. Citizens”

Michael Harless Constitutional Law, Publications

A legal analysis of Birthright Citizenship, written by Bill Olson, Herb Titus and Alan Woll, was re-released by U.S. Border Control today. The paper, “Children Born in the United States to Aliens Should Not, by Constitutional Right, Be U.S. Citizens” was originally published in January 2001,and then updated in March 2003. The House of Representatives is expected to be considering legislation on this topic in the near future. Read More

Enhancing Competition By Unbundling the Postal Administration

Michael Harless Publications

Bill Olson co-authored a paper with postal economist Dr. John Haldi (of Haldi Associates, Inc.) entitled “Enhancing Competition By Unbundling the Postal Administration” which was published in Crew & Kleindorfer, Progress Toward Liberalization of the Postal and Delivery Sector, Springer Science+ Business Media, Inc., 2006, and presented at the Thirteenth Conference on Postal & Delivery Economics, Antwerp, Belgium, June 1 – 4, 2005. http://crri.rutgers.edu/post/index.html The paper presents a possible solution to a recurrent problem associated with reforming postal administrations. Read More

Paper on Unbundling the Postal Service

Michael Harless Publications

Bill Olson has co-authored a paper with postal economist Dr. John Haldi (of Haldi Associates, Inc.) entitled “Enhancing Competition By Unbundling the Postal Administration” which will be presented at the Thirteenth Conference on Postal & Delivery Economics, Antwerp, Belgium, June 1 – 4, 2005. The paper presents a possible solution to a recurrent problem associated with reforming postal administrations. Read More

Postal Service Worksharing

Michael Harless Publications

Proceedings from the Eleventh Conference on Postal Delivery and Economics in Toledo, Spain were published in booklet form containing a paper written by John Haldi and Bill Olson called “An Evaluation of USPS Worksharing: Postal Revenues and Costs from Workshared Activities.”

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An Evaluation of Postal Service Worksharing: Postal Revenues and Costs from Workshared Activities

Michael Harless Publications

Postal economist Dr. John Haldi and Bill Olson have co-authored a groundbreaking evaluation of Postal Service Worksharing. Their paper contains the first comprehensive study of revenues and costs of the Postal Service generated from upstream activities. It was published in Crew & Kleindorfer, Competitive Transformation of the Postal and Delivery Sector, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004, and presented in Toledo, Spain in June 4-7, 2003, at the Eleventh “Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics” of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries at Rutgers University.http://crri.rutgers.edu/post/index.html#PAST
An executive summary of the paper is available here.
Their paper comparing revenues and costs draws from draws from two prior papers which they also co-authored which explain the methodology used in greater depth.
Postal Revenues Earned from Workshared Activities
Postal Costs of Workshared Activities Read More

An Evaluation of Postal Service Worksharing: Postal Revenues and Costs from Workshared Activities

Michael Harless Publications

Postal economist Dr. John Haldi and Bill Olson have co-authored a groundbreaking evaluation of Postal Service Worksharing. Their paper contains the first comprehensive study of revenues and costs of the Postal Service generated from upstream activities. It will be presented in Toledo, Spain in June 4-7, 2003, at the Eleventh “Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics” of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries at Rutgers University.
http://crri.rutgers.edu/post/index.html#PAST Read More

Making a Bad Law Worse

Michael Harless Publications

Bill Olson and Mark Fitzgibbons wrote an article entitled “Making a Bad Law Worse New York’s Amended Charitable Solicitation Law” published in Philanthropy Monthly, Volume 35, Nos. 1&2.