Federal supremacy protects miners’ rights

PLF and Western Mining Alliance have filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit case Bohmker v. Oregon. In the brief, we argue that federal mining policy preempts Oregon’s ban on a federally-approved and encouraged mining practice. Part of having … Continue reading

California high court to decide if its bad law remains a dead letter

Last week, PLF, California Farm Bureau Federation, and the California Cattlemen’s Association applied to file an amicus curiae brief in the California Supreme Court case Scher v. Burke (S230104). Today, the Court granted our application and accepted our brief. In … Continue reading

PLF files brief on jurisdiction of Waters of the United States rule challenges

PLF, the Cato Institute, and Southeastern Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief last week in Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. EPA, et al., a Tenth Circuit case that will decide which courts, district or appellate, should properly hear challenges to EPA’s … Continue reading

The Ohio Legislature is dazed and confused about equal protection

Earlier this month, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Ohio HB523, a bill legalizing medical uses of cannabis in the state. Like every other state to liberalize its regulation of marijuana, Ohio will strictly regulate all new businesses participating in the … Continue reading

City of Perris v. Stamper oral argument recap

On Thursday morning, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in City of Perris v. Stamper. See our brief in the case here and our previous blog posts on the case here and here for background information on the case. The oral … Continue reading

City of Perris v. Stamper update

The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday morning in City of Perris v. Stamper, a case in which PLF filed an amicus brief to support landowners’ rights to just compensation for property takings. At issue in the case is whether … Continue reading

PLF to National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners: “Yes, the WOTUS rule is as bad as it seems—in fact, it’s probably worse.”

Over the last two years since it was proposed, the “waters of the United States” or “WOTUS rule” has ruffled more than a few feathers. As soon as the rule was published for comment, industry groups, local governments, and others … Continue reading

Second Circuit extends New York’s 154-year-old streak of discrimination against out-of-state lawyers

Last Friday, the Second Circuit upheld a longstanding New York requirement that out-of-state attorneys must maintain a physical office in the state to practice New York law–a requirement not imposed on attorneys who reside within the Empire state. … Continue reading

Certiorari denied in American Farm Bureau v. EPA

American Farm Bureau v. EPA (15-599), a petition for certiorari which PLF supported as amicus curiae, was denied this morning.  The denial leaves the Third Circuit opinion in place, an opinion which stands as a shining example of judicial abdication … Continue reading

Ted Hadzi-Antich’s oral argument: Friends of Tahoe v. U.S.D.A.

On Monday of this week, I presented at oral argument at the 9th Circuit in our challenge to the Forest Service’s closure of over 90% of the historical user-created motorized routes in Tahoe National Forest.  The Forest Service closed the routes without … Continue reading