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Boice v. Aune

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Date Filed

December 13, 2011

Last Step

Victory! In legally binding settlement agreement, Board of Cosmetology agrees not to regulate Lauren or business owners like her in the future.

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Case Overview

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.

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.

Case Logistics

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!

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