Disappointing decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the University of Texas’s use of race in its admissions process does not violate the Constitution. Justice Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinion. The decision is what you’d expect from an opinion … Continue reading

PLF files brief in North Carolina voter ID case

In 2013, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision that ended federal preclearance of voting laws, North Carolina enacted an omnibus election reform bill that set off a partisan firestorm in the state and on editorial pages … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — June 17, 2016

Property rights — limits on the public trust doctrine The Washington state court of appeals issued this opinion on the “public trust doctrine” in Chelan Basin Conservancy v. GBI Holdings.  The facts here involved a lake that had been raised 21 feet … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — June 3, 2016

Supreme Court Victory! The Supreme Court gave Pacific Legal Foundation a resounding victory on Monday in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes. The unanimous Court held that a Corps of Engineers’ Jurisdictional Determination (i.e. wetlands delineation) is immediately … Continue reading

Amicus brief filed in arbitration challenge

Last week, PLF filed an amicus brief on behalf of a broad coalition of agriculture and property rights groups to challenge California’s so-called Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation Process.  The general rule for labor arbitration between private employers and employees is … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 13, 2016

Victory in Wyoming! Our client Andy Johnson entered in this consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency in Johnson v. EPA. This is the case where the EPA threatened Andy Johnson with millions of dollars in fines if he didn’t … Continue reading

Preliminary injunction filed in St. Louis segregation case

This afternoon we filed a motion for preliminary injunction in White v. Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation. This is our challenge to a St. Louis-area policy that prevents black kids — and only black kids — from transferring from St. Louis County into … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — May 6, 2016

Equality under the law in 2016 As difficult as it may be to believe, a child in America can still be turned away from a school because of his race. That’s why we filed this complaint in White v. Voluntary … Continue reading

PLF files major civil rights case challenging discriminatory St. Louis transfer program

The St. Louis transfer program allows students living in St. Louis County to attend magnet schools within city limits — unless the student is black. The program made headlines recently when it threatened to banish third-grader Edmund Lee Jr. from … Continue reading

President’s weekly report, April 29, 2016

Seattle trashed!  We had  this resounding trial court victory in Bonesteel v. City of Seattle, our challenge to Seattle’s trash-snooping law. In a city where political correctness trumps individual rights, the city passed an ordinance that not only requires Seattlelites … Continue reading