Washington Supreme Court limits inverse condemnation defenses

Author: Brian T. Hodges  Earlier this month, Washington’s Supreme Court issued its long-awaited inverse condemnation decision in Fitzpatrick v. Okanogan County.  The case arose from a joint state/local project to protect a state highway from flood damage by diking the … Continue reading

Fish and Wildlife Service infighting

Author:  Damien M. Schiff This week's New York Times Greenwire had an interesting article on Benjamin Tuggle, the Service's Southwest Regional Director.  Mr. Tuggle's tenure has been controversial for a number of reasons—fining of humanitarians who leave water bottles for … Continue reading

Muggery or skullduggery? How Oregon takes your money without “taking” it

Author: Brian T. Hodges Imagine, if you will, a criminal defendant on trial for robbery.  In his defense, the mugger argues that when he pointed a pistol at Joe citizen’s head and demanded “your money or your life, ” he … Continue reading