Weekly litigation report — August 14, 2016

Property rights — California Supreme Court rules on compensation issues Complaint filed in extortionate low-income housing demand Ancient custom of beach driving? Sign ban repealed Endangered species and the green sturgeon Shoreline buffer exactions challenge at the Supreme Court WOTUS … Continue reading

Eleventh Circuit takes a pass on Clean Water Rule challenge

We have noted here and here that the question about which court has jurisdiction to hear the many challenges to the Clean Water Rule, that redefines “waters of the United States” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act, … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — August 13, 2016

Wetlands by proxy We filed this petition for cert in Foster v. Vilsack where we are asking the Supreme Court to take the Arlen and Cindy Foster’s case. At issues is whether the Department of Agriculture can impose a “wetlands by … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — July 30, 2016

Murr reply brief filed with Supreme Court Comments filed on wetland permitting rules Endangered species — protecting a frog where it doesn’t croak  Challenge to a “competitor’s veto” law continues Appeal filed in retaliation case  Murr reply brief filed with … Continue reading

PLF challenges federal immunity from suit in Ninth Circuit

Recently the trial court in Duarte Nursery v Corps of Engineers dismissed our clients’ First Amendment retaliation claim against the government, on the ground that sovereign immunity shields the federal government from having to defend the claim. The legal doctrine … Continue reading

Does Hawkes turn on an agreement between the Corps and EPA?

Some have asserted that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hawkes stands or falls on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Corps and EPA that says Jurisdictional Determinations are binding on the federal government in any subsequent Clean Water … Continue reading

PLF files brief on jurisdiction of Waters of the United States rule challenges

PLF, the Cato Institute, and Southeastern Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief last week in Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. EPA, et al., a Tenth Circuit case that will decide which courts, district or appellate, should properly hear challenges to EPA’s … Continue reading

Duarte Nursery seeks immediate appeals in Clean Water Act case

Following the trial court’s remarkable June 10 ruling that plowing violates the Clean Water Act, despite clear regulatory provisions to the contrary (see 33 CFR 324.4(a)(1)(iii)(D)), Duarte Nursery has moved for reconsideration or certification for immediate appeal on several Clean Water Act … Continue reading