Weekly litigation report — July 23, 2016

The fight for Edmund Lee goes to the appellate court This week PLF filed its notice of appeal in E.L. v. Interdistrict Choice Corporation.  Last Friday, the district court dismissed Edmund’s case, holding that he lacked standing to bring his claim, and … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — July 16, 2016

Privacy and property rights  WOTUS at the Tenth Circuit District Court setback in anti-discrimination suit Procedural victory in Jaguar case Procedural victory from Ninth Circuit in sea otter case Defending property against made up public rights Privacy and Property Rights  … Continue reading

The Ohio Legislature is dazed and confused about equal protection

Earlier this month, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Ohio HB523, a bill legalizing medical uses of cannabis in the state. Like every other state to liberalize its regulation of marijuana, Ohio will strictly regulate all new businesses participating in the … Continue reading

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