About Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood is a Fellow in the College of Public Interest Law and works primarily in Property Rights and Environmental Regulations.

Mixed week for liberty in the taxi industry

Congratulations to our friends at the Institute for Justice who, due to a legal victory last year, saw Milwaukee eliminate its cap on the number of taxi licenses available. As Reason reports, this has an incredibly significant impact on the … Continue reading

Delta smelt rehearing denied

This morning, the Ninth Circuit denied a rehearing before the entire court, leaving March’s panel decision in place. The denial sets the case up for a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. LongtimeĀ Liberty Blog readers will recall that PLF previously … Continue reading

Government impounds car for giving free rides to cancer patients

The government’s protection of the taxi cartel has always been reprehensible. State and local governments bar entry into this industry in order to drive up prices and protect existing taxi companies from competition. As a consequence, entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant entrepreneurs, … Continue reading

Is there any limit to the Takings Clause’s Public Use requirement?

Last week, the Utah Supreme Court revived a challenge to the Utah Department of Transportation’s abuse of eminent domain. The Department needed a small part (1.2 acres) of a larger parcel (15 acres) for a light rail project. Instead of … Continue reading

PLF comments on caribou downlisting

This week, PLF filed a comment letter on behalf of Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association addressing the proposed downlisting of the caribou. The impetus for the Service’s decision was a petition that PLF filed two years ago … Continue reading

Reason Foundation report on PLF’s success challenging FWS’ failure to downlist and delist species

Brian Seasholes of Reason Foundation reports on the proposed downlisting of the tidewater goby. You may recall that the proposal is the result of successful petitions and litigation filed by PLF to challenge the Service’s general refusal to perform ESA-mandated … Continue reading

Taxi drivers protest Uber, progress

In the last month, taxi drivers around the world have shut down city streets to protest against competition from Uber.* Traffic in major European cities ground to a halt last week. This followed in the wake of a similar demonstration … Continue reading

The Bay Area’s ignored citizens will finally be heard

This Thursday, June 12th, I will be arguing PLF’s challenge to Plan Bay Area in Alameda County Superior Court. As readers will recall, PLF’s client Bay Area Citizens challenges the plan — and its dozens of significant environmental impacts — … Continue reading