About James Burling

James Burling is Pacific Legal Foundation's Director of Litigation, and a Principal Attorney in PLF's Property Rights Practice Group.

Weekly litigation report — July 15, 2017

PLF asks Supreme Court to protect plaintiffs’ right to raise takings claims in federal courts when government steals Complaint filed against Marin County forced farming law Mandatory housing shakedown fees before the Supreme Court Getting union tentacles out of worker paychecks … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — July 8, 2017

California Supreme Court tells landowners to watch homes fall into the sea Land use in Florida: If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance …. PLF, other organizations, ask Arizona Supreme Court to properly define “tax” Can government condemn a business … Continue reading

Yes, Justice Thomas, the doctrine of regulatory takings is originalist

In his dissent in Murr v. Wisconsin, Justice Thomas opined that “[t]he Court, however, has never purported to ground those precedents in the Constitution as it was originally understood.” and “[i]n my view, it would be desirable for us to … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — July 1, 2017

PLF sues Seattle over compelled political campaign contributions What are the odds? Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of federal sports betting ban SCOTUS denies review of a takings win in the state of Florida Cap and Trade tax here to … Continue reading

WOTUS rule withdrawal only a good start

Pacific Legal Foundation applauds the Trump administration’s announcement of its withdrawal of the infamous WOTUS rule. But it’s only a start. More must be done. The WOTUS rule called for a dramatic, unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of the federal government’s … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 24, 2017

Supreme Court goes squishy on property rights Free speech includes freedom to insult Free speech means letting high school kids be high school kids Howling at the wolf listing Doing time even if you didn’t know you committed the crime  Washington … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 17, 2017

Interior Secretary Zinke Recommends Bears Ears Reduction Indian River County School Board responds to public outcry, but continues to ignore First Amendment California Supreme Court protects private property Class Action action Florida family loses property rights’ case in Florida appellate … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 10, 2107

Letter sent to school board in Florida on First Amendment violation Brief filed over EPA’s road ban Butter ban ruling sought California union-inspired anti-free speech rule appealed Free enterprise loses in Oregon Golden parakeet feathers to fly! Caribou decision years … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 3, 2017

PLF asks Supreme Court to protect free speech San Francisco loses again in case over extortionate demands on property owners Sixth Circuit holds that victims of federal takings do not enjoy the right to a jury California Supreme Court hears … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — May 27, 2017

PLF urges the Administration to reverse Antiquities Act abuses  We submitted comments to the Department of Interior regarding its review of the Bears Ears National Monument. The Monument, like several others made in the past twenty years, is not a … Continue reading