The IDPC and allied organizations, has filed an Amicus (“Friend of the Court”) Brief in the 11th Court of Appeals in support of the appeal filed by the Institute for Justice last month. At issue is a Florida law that requires a government-issued license to perform commercial interior design work. Given that there has never been a documented instance of harm from interior design in the 47 states that do not regulate the practice of interior design, it is quite clear that licensing interior designers has nothing to do with protecting the public and everything to do with protecting industry insiders from fair competition.
On February 4th, Federal District Judge Robert L. Hinkle declared unconstitutional the portion of the Florida law that prohibited people without a license from referring to themselves as interior designers, as well as sharply narrowed provisions of the law restricting the practice of interior decorating in commercial buildings by unlicensed persons. “This ruling is an important first step to getting Florida’s unconstitutional interior design laws struck down entirely,” said Clark Neily, senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm that litigates nationwide on behalf of entrepreneurs facing anti-competitive state licensing laws like Florida’s interior design practice act.