With her background in cosmetology and nursing, cancer-survivor Lauren Boice saw a need for cosmetology services for home-bound patients and those in assisted-living facilities. She launched Angels on Earth Home Beauty, which connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill with licensed cosmetologists who can perform haircuts, manicures, or massages right in the clients’ homes and assisted-living facilities.
But even though Lauren does not provide any cosmetology services herself – she merely dispatches beauty specialists to her clients over the phone – the Board of Cosmetology is compelling Lauren to obey a host of cosmetology regulations, including forcing Lauren to open a physical salon even though she will never use it.
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Victory! In legally binding settlement agreement, Board of Cosmetology agrees not to regulate Lauren or business owners like her in the future.
What are the key issues?
The Board of Cosmetology has no jurisdiction to regulate Lauren’s phone business.
The Board’s irrational regulations violate Lauren’s constitutional right to earn an honest living (protected by the constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses) and deprive her clients of services.
Compelling Lauren to open a salon just so she can exchange information with her clients violates her constitutional right to free speech.
Amended Complaint (4/30/2012)
Plaintiffs’ Response to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (6/11/2012)
Denial of Motion to Dismiss (8/22/2012)
December 13, 2011: Goldwater Institute files complaint
April 30, 2012: Goldwater Institute files amended complaint
August 17, 2012: Oral argument at 9:00 a.m. in front of Judge Michael J. Herrod; Maricopa County Superior Court, East Court Building, 101 W. Jefferson Street, Courtroom #411 (4th floor), Phoenix
August 22, 2012: Judge denies the Board of Cosmetology's motion to dismiss
April 24, 2013: In legally binding agreement, Board agrees not to regulate Lauren or business owners like her in the future. Victory!
December 15, 2011: Garrett Lewis of KNST Radio interviews Lauren Boice and attorney Christina Sandefur (MP3 audio file)
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The Legal Team
Clint Bolick is the Goldwater Institute’s litigation director. He has extensive success before trial judges and appellate courts. He was lead attorney for parents in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in 2002, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school vouchers were constitutional, and Kotterman v. Killian in 1997, in which the Arizona Supreme Court upheld private school scholarship tax credits under the Arizona Constitution.
Christina Sandefur most recently won Friedman v. Cave Creek Unified School District, which upheld the contract between voters and the district when the district tried to spend bond money in ways voters did not approve. Christina worked to advance liberty as a law clerk at the Pacific Legal Foundation in California and a research intern at the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy before joining the Goldwater Institute as an attorney in 2010. Christina earned her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law, where she served as notes editor of the law review and president of the campus Federalist Society.