Central Coast Forest Association wins round in California Supreme Court

Central Coast Forest Association, supported by Pacific Legal Foundation as amicus curiae, has won a long running procedural battle in the California Supreme Court. The unanimous Court ruled that California’s Endangered Species Act allows interested parties to petition for a species to … Continue reading

Bureaucrats made accountable to elected officials? Eek!

Our Congressional Review Act project (have you seen the latest at RedTapeRollback.com? Why not?) is starting to ruffle the right feathers: progressive media sites and activists have noticed that their pet regulatory excesses, especially underground rules, are very vulnerable to … Continue reading

Supreme Court remands North Carolina bathroom case to Fourth Circuit

Several weeks ago we blogged about our amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the widely followed North Carolina bathroom case, about whether federal law determines which bathrooms transgender students may use. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that … Continue reading

Francois op ed supporting Gorsuch nomination published in the San Francisco Daily Journal

A few weeks ago, Erwin Chemerinsky, noted constitutional scholar and Dean of Law at UC Irvine, published an op ed in the San Francisco Daily Journal arguing that Senate Democrats should filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme … Continue reading

PLF attorney Tony Francois speaks tomorrow at World Ag Expo

I will be speaking tomorrow at 10:45 am Pacific in the Seminar Center at World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. I will be joined by PLF client John Duarte, and we will be providing an overview of Duarte Nursery v. … Continue reading

PLF applauds nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC; January 31, 2017: Responding to today’s nomination announcement, Pacific Legal Foundation praised the qualifications and fitness of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. “Judge Gorsuch is superbly well … Continue reading

California supreme court declines to hear due process appeal

Sometimes life comes at you fast. Just last week we reported on our letter asking the California Supreme Court to grant review in Drakes Bay Oyster Company v. California Coastal Commission, to decide whether an enforcement agency can compromise its … Continue reading

PLF asks California Supreme Court to hear due process case against Coastal Commission

PLF recently filed a friend of the court letter with the California Supreme Court, encouraging the justices to grant review in an important due process challenge against the California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission brought a highly questionable enforcement action against … Continue reading

PLF will present oral argument next tuesday in California energy tax case

Next Tuesday I will be arguing on behalf of Morning Star Packing Co., the National Tax Limitation Committee, and several other clients in PLF’s challenge to California’s unconstitutional auction of air emissions permits. This case will determine whether California can … Continue reading

Do minor bureaucrats tell federal judges what to think?

Last week PLF filed this amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. The question in this case is whether federal judges interpret federal law, or whether low level agency bureaucrats do. … Continue reading