PLF enters Martins Beach access controversy

Should the public have the right to cross private property simply because it is next to a navigable water body? The California Court of Appeal may decide just that when it takes up the ongoing controversy over access to Martins … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 10, 2015

Wetlands — Major victory in the 8th Circuit The 8th Circuit handed us this major victory today in Hawkes v. United States.  The decision is a wonder to read because the court “got it.”  It understood that requiring a landowner to … Continue reading

Protecting your home v. letting it crash into the sea (part 2)

In a post last month, I described my trip to the northern coast of Massachusetts to meet with municipal officials and neighborhood association leaders who would be affected by some potential new coastal regulations that present serious concerns for property … Continue reading

Victory in Sansotta v. Town of Nags Head

We are thrilled to report that former PLF client, Roc Sansotta, has reached a settlement agreement with the Town of Nags Head, North Carolina, to the tune of $1.5 million! Under the agreement, the Town will essentially buy Sansotta’s beachfront … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 27, 2015

Eminent domain — New Jersey Supreme Court abandons precedent In this 3-2 decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the use of eminent domain in 62-64 Main Street v. Mayor and City Council of the City of Hackensack.  The question here … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 13, 2015

Property Rights — Coastal project victory We had another fine preliminary victory against the California Coastal Commission in Beach & Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach and California Coastal Commission.  Here, we are challenging a local coastal plan adopted by the … Continue reading

Protecting your home v. letting it crash into the sea

Earlier this week, I visited the northern Massachusetts coast to attend a public hearing of a relatively new agency, the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission (MA CEC or Commission). The Commission issued a draft report in January on its work thus … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 5, 2015

Environment — Victory for common sense in permitting reviews The California Supreme Court issued this opinion in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, a case dealing with environmental reviews under the California Environmental … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — December 12, 2014

Property Rights — California Coastal Commission The California Coastal Commission has never been happy with our 1987 victory in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission where the United States Supreme Court held that its practice of demanding exactions in exchange for … Continue reading

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