Weekly litigation report — April 22, 2017

Suit filed challenging Wisconsin’s illegal butter rule Briefing complete in challenge to California’s mining ban Opposition to California proposal to remove protection for homes Supreme Court requires return of seized property Oral argument held in Trinity Lutheran Suit filed challenging … Continue reading

Opposing legislative efforts to undercut homeowner protection

This afternoon, the Natural Resources Committee of the California Assembly will consider AB 1129 (Stone), the Coastal Commission’s most recent effort to expand its powers at the expense of coastal landowners. The bill would overturn a longstanding understanding of the … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — April 15, 2017

Opposition to Assembly Bill that would gut protections for coastal homeowners Golden parakeet should fly off endangered species list Taxpayer victory in San Diego over union objections Notice of appeal filed in cap-and-trade case Public trust case goes to the … Continue reading

Florida city unconstitutionally authorizes public trespassing

In recent years, many local and state governments have used crafty methods to take access to private beaches without first paying for the right. Governments have imposed easements on private land, declared private land public, declared a right of custom … Continue reading

PLF asks Indiana Supreme Court to protect coastal property rights

May the government allow strangers to recreate on your private, beach-front property for free? That’s the question the Indiana Supreme Court is being asked to consider in an important property-rights case. At issue is the common-law “Public Trust Doctrine,” according … Continue reading

Weekly litigation update — April 1, 2017

Good decision in Florida takings lawsuit Petition to delist the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse Victory in Manatee downlisting 10th Circuit rules against communities in Prairie Dog challenge Loss in California environmental review case Corps and EPA stage coup, breathing permits … Continue reading

California Supreme Court decision adds redundant delay

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court held that the City of Newport Beach must conduct further environmental analysis for a proposed housing development outside the city limits. The property at issue is Banning Ranch, a 400-acre plot of largely undeveloped coastal … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — March 11, 2017

Going to sea to challenge a National Monument We filed this complaint challenging President Obama’s lame-duck designation of 5,000 square miles of ocean off the Massachusetts coast to be a new national monument under the Antiquities Act. We simply don’t think that … Continue reading

Goodwins’ fight against land grab and First Amendment violations gaining national attention

This weekend, Forbes carried an excellent story about PLF’s fight on behalf of Edward and Delanie Goodwin. In July, PLF attorneys filed a First Amendment challenge to protect the Goodwins’ right to speak on their own private property. Walton County … Continue reading