New PLF podcast on Fisher

Last week the Supreme Court decided to hear Abigail Fisher’s case against the University of Texas for a second time. Ms. Fisher is challenging the University’s decision to reject her application for admission to the University in part because she … Continue reading

Dragon slayers and fruit pickers

Backwards laws that stifle our economy deserve fresh scrutiny. In a recent paper called “Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons,” Brink Lindsey analyzes the evils of regressive regulation, “policies whose primary effect is to inflate the incomes and wealth of the rich, the powerful, and … Continue reading

Eighth Circuit denies Corps petition in wetland case

As we noted here, PLF is involved in two cases to establish whether Army Corps of Engineer’s’ Jurisdictional Determinations (i.e., wetland delineations) are subject to immediate judicial review in court.  In Kent Recycling v. Corps (previously Belle v Corps), the … Continue reading

Government should pay for the full value of what it takes

Landowners face an uphill battle when they file a lawsuit, claiming that the government took their property. But even after getting a court to rule in their favor, landowners often face the additional challenge of convincing the court to award … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — July 3, 2015

Supreme Court to hear teachers’ union politicking case The Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear  Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case filed by the Center for Individual Rights.  Presently, all public school teachers must contribute their “fair share” to a teachers’ union … Continue reading

Supreme Court orders three U.S. Courts of Appeals to reconsider cases upholding restrictions on speech

On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered three federal appellate courts to reconsider their decisions upholding sign restrictions in light of its recent decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. The Court emphasized in Reed that government regulation of speech is … Continue reading

Supreme Court to review public employee unions’ ability to garnish wages

The California Teachers Association—one of the most politically powerful groups in the state—may have to start funding its political campaigns with the money of only those teachers who actually support its goals.  Unlike other groups that seek donations from like-minded … Continue reading

Long-awaited Clean Water Act rule published

The final rule redefining “waters of the United States,” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act, was published today in the Federal Register.  According to the rule, it will become effective on August 28, 2015, and will be … Continue reading

It is almost never “rational, never mind ‘appropriate’” to ignore regulatory costs

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Michigan, et al. v. EPA (consolidated with Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and National Mining Assoc. v. EPA) invalidated EPA’s regulation on electric power plant hazardous air pollutants for not taking its enormous costs … Continue reading