PLF’s Tony Francois to testify on environmental justice before US Commission on Civil Rights

On Friday, February 5, I will be testifying before the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington D.C., on the subject of environmental justice. Environmental justice is a concept that applies disparate racial impact theory to questions like siting, permitting, … Continue reading

Are states better than the feds at protecting endangered species?

In honor of Groundhog Day, WildEarth Guardians released its annual report card for federal and state management of prairie dogs. Unsurprisingly, the environmental group isn’t too fond of PLF’s victory on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Property … Continue reading

The Slants win First Amendment challenge

The Slants, a rock band out of Portland, was told it could not trademark its band name because it was “disparaging.” The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that the name “The Slants” was derogatory towards Asians, and would not give trademark … Continue reading

The growing PAGA exception to freedom of contract

A couple years ago, in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court held that employees who act as “representatives” to assert claims under the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) are acting as “deputies” on behalf of the … Continue reading

Free speech prevails in Fourth Circuit do-over

After nearly four years of litigation, property owners’ First Amendment rights were finally vindicated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Central Radio Company v. City of Norfolk.  The court ruled that the City of Norfolk unconstitutionally … Continue reading

Shockingly, EPA and allies misunderstand federalism

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency and other groups supporting EPA’s “comprehensive pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay watershed filed briefs with the Supreme Court to dissuade the Justices from granting the petition to hear the American Farm Bureau Federation’s legal … Continue reading

Anti-religious discrimination harms school choice

In celebration of National School Choice Week, PLF attorneys are highlighting a number of important school choice cases. Two important pending cases come from Montana and Colorado. Last year, the Montana Legislature established a tax credit scholarship program that provides … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — January 22, 2016

We’re from the Government and we’re doing you a favor That is essentially the government’s theme in its opening brief in Hawkes v. United States, our wetlands jurisdiction case at the Supreme Court. Our case is all about whether a property … Continue reading

Congress and Obama clarify their positions on the WOTUS rule, and it doesn’t look good for the President

Last November, we explained how the U.S. Senate was using a special procedure under the Congressional Review Act to enact a congressional “resolution of disapproval” that would overturn the illegal Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation jointly issued by … Continue reading