About Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood is a PLF Staff Attorney and works primarily in Property Rights and Environmental Regulations.

Briefing complete in sea otter petition case

This week, we filed our reply brief in PLF’s challenge to the Service’s denial of a petition asking it to follow the law and implement protections for Southern California’s fishery. As regular readers know, in the 1980s, Congress passed a … Continue reading

Lesser prairie chicken delisted

Today, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service formally removed the lesser prairie chicken — a species widely distributed across Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, including key areas for energy development — from the Endangered Species Act’s threatened list. … Continue reading

Ninth Circuit strikes a blow for judicial review of administrative agencies

This morning, the Ninth Circuit held that federal agencies cannot escape judicial scrutiny for illegal actions simply because they have violated the law before. In PLF’s sea otter case, we represent fishermen in a challenge to the U.S. Fish and … Continue reading

Court strikes down federal fracking regulations

Over on the Federalist Society’s FEDSOC BLOG, I have a post discussing a recent decision from a federal court that federal bureaucrats overstepped their authority when they adopted fracking regulations. In 2005, Congress exempted fracking from regulation under the Safe … Continue reading

Extraterritorial state laws are unconstitutional

This morning, a divided panel of the Eighth Circuit held that a Minnesota law regulating greenhouse gas emissions beyond the state’s borders is invalid. This is a welcome result. PLF, joined by NFIB, filed an amicus brief in the case, … Continue reading

Bureaucrats shouldn’t be able to escape legal scrutiny

Yesterday, Townhall published my op-ed highlighting the importance of PLF’s big, unanimous Supreme Court win in our Hawkes case (and its predecessor,¬†Sackett) and whether these cases foreshadow anything for one of our cases currently pending before the Court. As regular … Continue reading

Plan Bay Area argument set for May 31

Next Tuesday, May 31, the California Court of Appeal will hear argument over the legality of Plan Bay Area — the plan to restrict future development in all but a tiny fraction of the already incredibly expensive Bay Area. The … Continue reading

PLF comments on caribou critical habitat

This week, PLF filed comments, joined by Bonner County, Idaho and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA), on the Service’s proposed critical habitat designation for the woodland caribou. The comment argues that the Service must address changes in the species’ … Continue reading

Good news for conservation: Feds abandon lesser prairie chicken appeal

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it was abandoning its appeal of a federal court ruling overturning its decision to list the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. This is a big win for … Continue reading

Our fight with EPA: Andy Johnson’s story in his own words

As we reported yesterday, Andy Johnson’s case challenging an illegal compliance order demanding he rip out his stock pond on pain of tens of millions in potential fines has settled. The following is Andy Johnson’s story in his own words. … Continue reading