About Paul Beard II

Mr. Beard is a Principal Attorney in PLF’s Property Rights Group. He is also the head of PLF’s Coastal Land Rights Project, and oversees litigation against coastal land-use agencies that violate landowners’ private property rights, particularly the California Coastal Commission.

California Supreme Court takes PLF’s seawall case

Today, the California Supreme Court granted PLF’s petition for review in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission.  The supreme court’s grant means that the court of appeal’s decision in favor of the Commission is vacated, and the case will be set for … Continue reading

Coastal Commission relentlessly pursues sisters in land-grab case

Last month, we reported on PLF’s big win against the California Coastal Commission, when the California Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that three sisters could rehabilitate their old ranch house without having to dedicate a mile-long public-access easement across the shoreline of their … Continue reading

Homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and realtors ask supreme court to hear PLF’s seawall appeal

This week, a wide and diverse array of California constituencies filed compelling letters in support of PLF’s petition for review in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, which currently is pending before the California Supreme Court. … Continue reading

PLF scores victory for property owners in suit against Coastal Commission

Today, the California Court of Appeal issued a published decision ruling in favor of PLF client, SDS Family Trust, in its years-long battle against the California Coastal Commission. The case involves the constitutionality of a public-access easement that the Commission demanded as … Continue reading

EPA seeks to regulate coal-fired power plants out of business

As most Americans know, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a strong penchant for regulation of businesses and industries.  Consider its unlawful attempt to impose both state and federal regulations on existing coal-fired power plants—a strategy surely aimed at putting these … Continue reading

D.C. Circuit orders Feds to respond to Obamacare rehearing petition

On Monday, we filed a petition for rehearing en banc in Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health & Services, asking the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear our challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Today, “upon consideration of the petition … Continue reading

PLF asks full DC Circuit Court to hear Obamacare challenge

Today, Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys filed a petition for rehearing en banc, asking the full U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to hear client Matt Sissel’s “Origination Clause” challenge to the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare). The petition comes after an … Continue reading