About Christina Martin

Christina Martin is a staff attorney at PLF's Atlantic Center in Florida.

FWC amends proposed regulations after PLF files challenge

In August, PLF filed a petition against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on behalf of William Thomas, claiming that the FWC was stepping beyond its statutory authority with its proposal to severely limit boat speeds in two … Continue reading

DC doubling down on dispossessed catches attention of the Washington Post

Late last week the Washington Post published an article by Todd Gaziano of our DC office and me, called D.C. doubles down on the dispossessed. We wrote about Benjamin Coleman and other dispossessed homeowners’ class-action lawsuit against the District of Columbia. … Continue reading

Florida Supreme Court “splits the baby” in products liability decision

Today, the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion in Aubin v. Union Carbide, a case that recognizes limits to manufacturers’ liability. William Aubin brought the lawsuit after he contracted mesothelioma in 2008, allegedly from working with asbestos-containing joint compound and … Continue reading

Can government evade property rights protections by stalling?

Yesterday, PLF filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Second District Court of Appeal in GolfRock, LLC v. Lee County.  This case demonstrates what happens when courts fail to recognize that a  property rights claim is “ripe” (i.e., adequately developed for the … Continue reading

PLF sues feds for stalling, again, on manatee petition

It’s been three years since PLF filed a petition on behalf of Save Crystal River to downlist the manatee from “endangered” to “threatened.” Yet the government has continued to ignore the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, forcing us to … Continue reading

Fifth Amendment for sale

Can the government take a person’s home to pay a $133 debt without paying the homeowner a penny? A case pending before a federal district court, Coleman v. District of Columbia, asks just that question. Benjamin Coleman, an elderly veteran … Continue reading

PLF files petition challenging proposed slow zone

Today, PLF filed a petition against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on behalf of William Thomas, claiming that the FWC is stepping beyond its statutory authority in its newly proposed rule regulating boat speeds in Pinellas County. Thomas, … Continue reading

Government should pay for the full value of what it takes

Landowners face an uphill battle when they file a lawsuit, claiming that the government took their property. But even after getting a court to rule in their favor, landowners often face the additional challenge of convincing the court to award … Continue reading