President’s weekly report — March 29, 2013

Individual Rights — School Choice Victory We had a nice victory from the Indiana Supreme Court when it upheld in Meredith v. Pence that state’s school choice program. As we’ve explained, this is a great victory for school choice because … Continue reading

California displaces Pennsylvania as worst state for civil justice

After a reign of two years, Pennsylvania has given up its crown.  California now claims the woeful title of worst place for civil justice in the nation.  This critique may be due in part to the fact that, according to the … Continue reading

PLF sues fish and wildlife service to compel it to do its job

This week, PLF filed suit against the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, after the Service delayed delisting two species, and down-listing another, for more than five years.   The Service has known that these three species should be reclassified based … Continue reading

Does the right to procedural fairness end with class action certification?

Today, PLF submitted an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court in Duran v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n – a case which asks whether plaintiffs can make an end run around the usual procedures governing lawsuits if they proceed as … Continue reading

California Legislature considering granting more powers to Coastal Commission

The California Legislature is considering two bills that would grant the California Coastal Commission—already perhaps the Nation’s most powerful land-use agency—even more power over property owners. Assemblyman (and ex-Coastal Commissioner) Mark Stone is sponsoring AB 203, which would allow the … Continue reading

Cert sought in global warming nuisance case

In Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., the Ninth Circuit held that the Clean Air Act displaces any otherwise existing federal law of public nuisance.  (PLF filed an amicus brief supporting the energy companies).  Consequently, the court’s ruling eliminates … Continue reading

Indiana Supreme Court upholds voucher program

Last year, PLF filed an amicus brief supporting the constitutionality of Indiana’s voucher program. Today, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion holding that the program is indeed constitutional.  Indiana’s voucher program is one of the most expansive school … Continue reading