PLF to National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners: “Yes, the WOTUS rule is as bad as it seems—in fact, it’s probably worse.”

Over the last two years since it was proposed, the “waters of the United States” or “WOTUS rule” has ruffled more than a few feathers. As soon as the rule was published for comment, industry groups, local governments, and others … Continue reading

Oral argument in sea otter case

This Friday, May 6th, the Ninth Circuit will consider whether federal bureaucrats can escape judicial review of their illegal acts by pointing to their prior violations of the law. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service argues that PLF’s challenge to … 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

PLF clients win in settlement with Tahoe agency

PLF clients Ray Burns and Teresa Avila-Burns just wanted to build a small house on their vacant lot in South Lake Tahoe so that their elderly mothers could enjoy the high quality of life in the Lake Tahoe area. But … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 22, 2016

Many briefs filed in Murr at the Supreme Court After we filed our opening brief in Murr v. Wisconsin, we received a large number of amicus briefs in support of the Murrs from a variety of parties. These included 9 … Continue reading

For earth day, federal bureaucrats pillage the earth

Please check out my piece at the Flash Report for Earth Day. Therein, using PLF’s case on behalf of Duarte Nursery as an example, I show how government does less for our natural resources and environment than its agencies claim. Every … Continue reading

Hawkes case continues to make the news

A number of publications continue to focus on Pacific Legal Foundation‘s recent oral argument at the Supreme Court of the United States in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. First, TownHall.com published a column by Congressman Bob Gibbs of … Continue reading

Coastal Commission erodes mobilehome owner’s property rights

It shouldn’t require a team of lawyers, tens of thousands of dollars in legal expense, and years of fighting just to replace an aging mobile home within a mobile home park. But that’s the reality in California when your mobile home replacement … Continue reading

Zeal of climate change activists collides with the First Amendment

Several state attorneys general have announced their intention to begin investigations of ExxonMobil.  They contend that the energy company may have violated state unfair business practice laws during the 1980s and 1990s by trying to mislead the public about the … Continue reading