Mendez v. Chicago
Posted on November 15, 2017
Victory! Chicagoans will no will longer be forced to hand over their guests’ personal information to city officials without a warrant.
File response to City's Motion to Dismiss.
The Goldwater Institute and the Liberty Justice Center filed this case to protect the rights of people who want to offer their private homes to overnight guests, but who have been deprived of the right to do so by a complicated new Chicago ordinance that imposes confusing and unfair new prohibitions on home-sharing. Those restrictions hurt communities and violate the constitutional rights of responsible homeowners.
The plaintiffs in this case are Leila Mendez, Alonso Zaragoza, and Michael Lucci, who live and offer homes for rent in Chicago, Illinois; and Sheila Sasso, who resides in Arizona and offers her Chicago home for rent. The defendants are the City of Chicago and a Chicago city officials acting in her official capacity.
The case was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, on November 15, 2016.
Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. Sandefur has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute’s Property Ownership Fairness Act, a state-level reform that requires government to pay owners when
regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values. She is also a co-drafter of the Right to Try initiative, now law in over half of the states, which protects terminally ill patients’ right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market. Sandefur is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America (2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Sandefur is a graduate of
Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.
Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation. Before joining Goldwater, he served 15 years as a litigator at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he won important victories for economic liberty in several states. He is the author of four books, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America (coauthored with Christina Sandefur, 2016), The Right to Earn A Living (2010), The Conscience of The Constitution (2014), and The Permission Society (2016), as well as some 45 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from eminent domain and economic liberty to antitrust, copyright, slavery and the Civil War, and political issues in Shakespeare, ancient Greek drama, and Star Trek. He is an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute, a graduate of Hillsdale
College and Chapman University School of Law.