Wikipedia describes the "Institute for Justice" as follows:
The Institute for Justice (IJ) is a non-profit libertarian public interest law firm in the United States. It has litigated eight cases considered by the United States Supreme Court dealing with topics that included eminent domain, interstate commerce, public financing for elections, school vouchers, tax credits for private school tuition, civil asset forfeiture, and residency requirements for liquor license.
It's a Koch financed outfit that seems to exist largely to protest regulations that you or I might consider sensible safety precautions, but which they feel unnecessarily constrain corporate entities like "engineers", food cart operators, hairdressers, and taxi owners.
The point being that it's a pretty much entirely political outfit, and that some of the claims made in the story are questionable.
Or, put another way, they seem to believe that their libertarian ideals trump the rules and laws that elected representatives put in place.