Published On: Thu, Jul 22nd, 2021

Nashville Home Studio Ban Goes to Tennessee Supreme Court

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A home music studio owner in Nashville, Tennessee, is taking his long-running appeal of aggressive local zoning restrictions against home-based businesses to the Tennessee Supreme Court after the court recently agreed to hear his case. The court decided on July 12 to hear the appeal from record producer Elijah “Lij” Shaw and hairstylist Pat Raynor, who sued the city in 2017 after it ordered their home businesses shuttered. The two plaintiffs are represented by the Institute for Justice and the Beacon Center of Tennessee. For years, Shaw, a Grammy Award-winning music producer, had run his Toy Box Studio recording business out of his Nashville home, but in 2015, he was served with a cease-and-desist letter from the local government that required him to stop receiving clients at his home, shutter his business-related YouTube channel, and remove information about his business from his website, or face financial penalties, as The Epoch …

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