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

Weekly litigation report — January 28, 2017

School Choice Week 2017 Hawkes Company secures important victory on remand from Supreme Court WOTUS Rule update Favorable tort decision from the Texas Supreme Court PLF files brief in New York union lawsuit PLF files brief to support donor anonymity  … Continue reading

CCC tries to conveniently forget Supreme Court precedent

According to the California Coastal Commission staff, any permit where public access has not been granted can be automatically appealed on the grounds that California likes public access. A standard that weak is no standard at all, and certainly not … Continue reading

Lake front property owners fight back against California State Lands Commission

For generations, private owners of lake front lots in California’s Sierra Nevada Range have maintained boating and fishing docks on their property, to enjoy the lakes and the recreational opportunities they afford. Under established law, these property owners own the land … Continue reading