President’s weekly report — March 21, 2014

High-Speed Rail Bonds and the California Fantasy Train We filed this answer to the State’s petition for alternative writ of mandate in High Speed Rail Authority v. Superior Court.  When the voters approved California’s high-speed rail project a few years … Continue reading

PLF opposes racial discrimination by community college

A community college recently planned a “happy hour” event about diversity.  The college sent an e-mail about the event to all of the college’s staff members – and the e-mail explained that white people were not invited. The administration of … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 14, 2014

Property Rights — Supreme Court Victory! The United States Supreme Court handed down an 8 – 1 victory in Brandt v. United States, a case brought and argued by our allies at Mountain States Legal Foundation.  As explained more in … Continue reading

Effort to reinstate racial preferences puts affirmative action into new light

An effort to reinstate affirmative action in California highlights the paradigm shift that is happening with respect to the purposes and effects of affirmative action.  The affirmative-action paradigm is that affirmative action allows universities to admit racial/ethnic minorities over more-deserving … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court upholds property rights in rails-to-trails case

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the “rails-to-trails” property rights case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States—a case in which PLF attorneys participated as an amicus curiae. By an 8-1 margin, the Court ruled … Continue reading

What happens outside of Vegas must stay outside of Vegas?

As we noted last week, PLF is challenging a Nevada law that requires private investigators to keep a “principal place of business” in the state.  This law essentially puts up a “keep out” sign at the Nevada border by making it more … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 7, 2014

Economic Liberty Project — Nevada Says “NO” to Out-of-State Private Eyes We filed our complaint this week in Castillo v. Ingram , challenging Nevada’s new rules that forbid private investigators from working in that state unless they have a brick … Continue reading

“Feral” pig case ends in Michigan

Nearly two years ago, we asked whether it was lawful to own a pig in Michigan after a state agency issued an “Invasive Species Order”—ostensibly aimed at outlawing the ownership of “feral” pigs—but drafted so broadly and vaguely so as … Continue reading