PLF sues Corps of Engineers for First Amendment retaliation against Duarte Nursery

Today, after the federal court granted leave to file an amended pleading, Duarte Nursery, Inc., and its president, John Duarte, filed this amended complaint against the United States and the Corps of Engineers, to add a claim for First Amendment … Continue reading

EPA hypocrisy on display in Clean Water rule litigation

There was a time when agency officials were respected as neutral arbiters of the law.  Actual “public servants,” if you will. Empowered, if not predisposed, to protect the People from arbitrary government.  But somewhere along the line these respected “public … Continue reading

Keeping ESA regulators honest on Courting Liberty

PLF attorneys are challenging the unjustified Endangered Species Act listings of the Stephens’ kangaroo rat in Southern California, and the Southwestern Willow flycatcher throughout multiple western states. PLF Director of Communications Harold Johnson leads the discussion with PLF Senior Staff … Continue reading

Who bears the burden in First Amendment cases? California answers: You.

The Center for Competitive Politics is, like Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to defending constitutional rights against overreaching government regulation—specifically, First Amendment rights. Because CCP receives donations from supporters in California, it’s required by California law to give the state’s … Continue reading

You say PAMP, I say easement, let’s call the whole thing off

I will give a talk today (Tuesday, September 1) about PLF’s fight against the government’s enforcement of unrecorded conservation easements—what Florida local governments call Preservation Area Management Plans (PAMPs)—against property owners with no notice of these illegal property restrictions.  PLF’s … Continue reading

Should Congress step back and let the courts handle the WOTUS rule?

Liberty Blog readers know that the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule issued earlier this summer is not only a brazen power grab by the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers that will create additional costs, risks, and … Continue reading

Shameless EPA tries to side-step court order blocking enforcement of controversial Clean Water rule

It is hard to imagine a more blatant display of bureaucratic hubris than the EPA’s handling of its highly disputed rule redefining ” waters of the United States.” The rule was supposed to be a joint effort between the Corps … Continue reading

PLF defends small farmer from big-time EPA bullying on Courting Liberty

Wyoming farmer Andy Johnson built a stock pond with state approval. The EPA is threatening him with astronomical fines of $37,500 per day. Andy Johnson is being forced to dismantle his stock pond – even though it benefits the environment, and … Continue reading

PLF challenges EPA’s threat of massive fines against innocent property owner for improving the environment

Andy Johnson owns eight acres of land in Fort Bridger, Wyoming, where he’s made his family’s home and raises livestock. A small stream crosses his property and provides water for his livestock, as it has for prior owners going back … Continue reading